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It is with the complex and controversial estate work that fiduciaries, beneficiaries and litigators turn to Ed for help. He can work through contentious situations to avoid litigation, if that is the goal, or will dive into the thick of trust and estate proceedings, when other attorneys can’t or won’t.

Ed is chair of the firm's trust and estate department, with extensive experience in complex administration of trusts and estates, and trust and estate litigation. He has served as lead counsel in a number of reported decisions in fiduciary litigation cases at both the trial and appellate level. Ed draws on his experience in trust and estate litigation in counseling individual, corporate and business clients in drafting business agreements, succession plans and implementation of estate planning through wills, life insurance arrangements, charitable trusts and planning for retirement and health care issues. He also consults regularly on estate tax matters with clients, certified public accountants and other professional advisors.

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  • Listed in:
    • The Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates, 2013-2022 (listed for more than 5 years)
    • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent Rated
    • New York Super Lawyers®, Estate and Probate, 2021 (listed for more than 10 years)
  • WNY Power Player, Power 20 for Trusts and Estates, The Daily Record, 2021
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estate Law Section and Estate Litigation Sub-Committee
  • Monroe County Bar Association, Trust and Estate Law Section, Past Chair
  • Fellow, American College of Trusts and Estates Council
  • Estate Planning Council of Rochester, Past President

  • Introduction to Estate Planning, New York State Bar Association, November 10, 2015
  • Family & Wealth Sustainability, Monroe County Bar Association CLE Seminar, eDocket, April 3, 2014

  • "Recent Trends and Developments in Trusts and Estate Strategies," Inside the Minds, Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York, 2012

  • Board Member, National Kidney Foundation
  • Board Member and Chair of Professional Advisors Liaison Committee, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Myers Community Hospital
  • Past Chair, Town of Williamson Planning Board
  • Past Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Golisano Childrens Hospital at Strong
  • Past Board Member and Past President, Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Past Board Member, Catholic Charities of Wayne County