NEW YORK—September 3, 2008—
Hartman & Craven LLP, a prominent Manhattan-based law firm representing domestic and global clients in various practice areas, announced today new members to its Trusts and Estates practice: Caryn B. Keppler-Citrin as Partner and Aleena R. Shapiro as Counsel. Along with Ms. Keppler-Citrin and Ms. Shapiro, Gwyneth Nardi, an experienced Fiduciary Administrator, has also joined the practice group. Each brings significant legal experience in trusts and estates planning, bolstering the firm’s capability in this area.
Caryn B. Keppler-Citrin brings to Hartman & Craven more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of estate, gift, tax, and business succession planning. Her specialty areas include international estate and tax planning for high net worth individuals; succession planning for small- to mid-sized business owners; contested and uncontested estate administration and litigation; and prenuptial agreements as an integral part of estate planning.
Prior to joining Hartman & Craven, Ms. Keppler-Citrin was of counsel in the trusts and estate practice areas at Salans (formerly Christy & Viener) and Saretsky, Katz, Dranoff & Glass, LLP. Earlier in her career, she served as an associate with Bachner, Tally, Polevoy & Misher and worked as an attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Treasury, Estates & Gift Tax Division.
“Caryn has a versatile and demonstrated track record in the complexities of estate planning and tax compliance,” says Stephen W. O’Connell, managing partner with Hartman & Craven LLP. “Her creative ability to understand the needs of families combined with her in-depth knowledge of wealth preservation makes her a truly valuable asset for our clients.”
Ms. Keppler-Citrin is a member of the Estate Planning Councils of New York City, Westchester County, and Rockland County (of which she is a past president), as well as a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts and Estates Section. She is the co-chair of the Rockland County Bar Association Committee on the Surrogates Courts and serves on the Planned Giving Committee of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation, Suffern, New York.
Aleena R. Shapiro also brings over 20 years of experience in trust and estates to the firm. Her expertise includes planning, probate, and administration of trusts and estates; tax planning for high net worth individuals and for mid-sized businesses; and succession planning. Ms. Shapiro was previously the founder and managing partner of Shapiro and Wender, LLC. She began her legal career as a tax associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and later at Patterson Belknap.
“Lee Shapiro has considerable experience in all aspects of trusts and estates and tax planning, along with the critical ability to listen carefully to clients and provide counsel that directly addresses their concerns,” says Mr. O’Connell. “Lee is an excellent, highly experienced addition to our dedicated trusts and estates practice.”
Ms. Shapiro serves on the Trusts, Estates, and Surrogate’s Court Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, is a past president of the New York Tax Study Group and a former director and general counsel of the Financial Women’s Association. She has lectured extensively and written numerous articles on taxation and estate planning.
About Hartman & Craven
Hartman & Craven LLP is a full-service Manhattan-based law firm that offers a broad range of legal services to both domestic and global clients. The firm represents clients in various areas of the law including trusts and estates, real estate, litigation, corporate law, tax and intellectual property.