Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips LLP joins IR as the exclusive Tax (Private Client) Member in the US - Texas
Published 17 Jun, 2016
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A founding partner at Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips LLP, Michael H. Ripp, Jr. represents high net worth U.S. private clients and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures, with particular attention to the tax planning and compliance aspects of such structures. Further, a significant portion of his practice involves assisting clients in obtaining and deploying leverage in the acquisition or monetization of assets, including real estate held for investment or development.
Mr. Ripp also counsels non-U.S. private clients as they navigate the complex tax and legal issues involved in pre-immigration planning, temporary residency, and planning for gifts to their U.S.-resident families, both during lifetime and at death. In addition, Mr. Ripp advises non-U.S. fiduciaries regarding the U.S. tax implications of trust and foundation structures to their U.S.-resident beneficiaries. He is therefore uniquely positioned to serve individuals and fiduciaries with U.S. interests on a truly international scale.
Finally, he counsels major financial institutions and boutique financial service providers on matters of interest to the ultra high net worth marketplace, including advice to hedge fund and fund of funds managers regarding the establishment and operation of insurance dedicated funds (IDFs), including an IDF’s legal and business relationships with domestic and international insurance carriers.
Mr. Ripp is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Trusts and Estates as selected by Woodward White, Inc. every year since 2008, and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1997 after receiving his B.B.A. in Business Analysis (Management Information Systems) from Texas A&M University in 1994.
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.