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Austin 78701 United States

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Leslie C. Giordani is a sought-after expert and singularly accomplished attorney. As a founding partner at Austin, Texas law firm Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP, she primarily represents high net worth private clients and family offices, both in the U.S. and abroad, regarding a wide variety of personal wealth and estate planning strategies including domestic and international trusts, investment structures, and complex life insurance planning.

Recognizing the multi-jurisdictional challenges facing her clients, Ms. Giordani’s approach to counseling wealthy families and individuals involves a holistic and team-oriented paradigm on a global scale. Representations typically implicate a wide range of additional practice areas, including estate planning (domestic and international), income tax planning, investment through private placement life insurance planning and insurance dedicated funds, multi-jurisdictional tax compliance, charitable planning, risk management, real estate, and more. Her wide range of expertise positions Ms. Giordani to offer a suite of private client services not typically accessible in one firm.

Ms. Giordani is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law (Texas Board of Legal Specialization), is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). A frequent writer and speaker in the areas of life insurance, asset protection, and foreign trust planning, Ms. Giordani recently co-authored, with colleague Robert W. Chesner, Jr., Bloomberg BNA’s Tax Management Portfolio 870, 1st, “Private Placement Life Insurance and Annuities.”

After graduating from Wayne State University with a B.S.N. with high distinction in 1983 and then practicing as a Registered Nurse for several years, Ms. Giordani graduated cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 1990, where she was admitted to the Order of the Coif and served as Articles Editor of the Houston Law Review.

Firm Description

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Jetel LLP (GSRJ) is a unique law firm with a history of excellence. Our mission: to render exceptionally high quality legal services, within the strictest ethical boundaries of the legal profession, to clients in the areas of domestic and international tax planning, estate planning, asset protection, life insurance planning, charitable trusts and foundations, trust law, closely-held business planning, real estate, and probate.

We cater primarily to high net worth private clients. Although many of the firm’s traditional domestic estate planning and probate clients reside in our home state of Texas, the majority of the firm’s private clients reside throughout the United States, and abroad. The firm also advises closely-held businesses, financial service providers, and charitable organizations, both public and private, on a wide variety of tax and other matters.

The firm’s seven partners have practiced together for many years, and complement each other’s strengths to provide a consistently impactful client experience. All attorneys possess the highest academic credentials, as well as broad practice experience, and are poised to render client service in keeping with the firm’s standards of excellence. All attorneys actively participate in the development of their practice areas as writers and speakers, both to further hone their skills and to enhance the bar’s continuing legal education offerings.

Diverging from the norm to enhance our service to clients, GSRJ also employs non-lawyer directors who have extensive industry experience in the firm’s insurance and tax compliance practices. The firm’s directors have held senior, executive level positions outside the legal profession in the areas of insurance and tax compliance, which allows them to contribute a unique and additive dimension to the firm’s expertise. Their technical skills and non-legal experience significantly enhance the firm’s representation capability.

The firm is preeminently recognized by its peers and rating agencies alike. We are AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell in all areas of law in which we practice, and all eligible firm lawyers are board certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization in their respective practice areas. The firm is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers© under Tax Law, Insurance Law, Trusts and Estates, and Wills and Probate, and has been recognized as a Tier One practice in Austin in Trusts and Estates Law by U.S. News and World Report.