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Daniel L. Kesten Joins Davis & Gilbert's Expanding Private Client Services Practice Group

New York, January 20, 2009 – Davis & Gilbert LLP, the world’s number one marketing communications law firm, announced that Daniel L. Kesten has joined the firm as Partner in the Private Client Services Practice.

Mr. Kesten concentrates his trusts and estates practice on helping clients preserve and create wealth by mitigating income, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. In addition to conventional estate planning approaches involving credit shelter planning and irrevocable life insurance trusts, Mr. Kesten counsels high net worth individuals on the structuring and implementation of “estate freeze” transactions which create long-term estate tax solutions for their families. He utilizes grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable lead and charitable remainder trusts, and grantor retained annuity trusts. In addition to his extensive experience in sophisticated estate planning, Mr. Kesten has a broad range of experience in estate administration, and in trust and estate litigation before the Surrogate’s Court. Prior to joining Davis & Gilbert, Mr. Kesten was a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig LLP.

The arrival of Mr. Kesten coincides with the expansion of the firm’s Private Client Services Practice. As a unique benefit to clients, Davis & Gilbert attorneys combine decades of experience counseling business owners, executives and other successful individuals and families in a broad spectrum of legal and financial matters. Protecting the assets and interests of private clients is one of the most critical and sensitive areas of legal practice – transcending efforts to minimize tax liability, to include fundamental issues affecting family decisions and business pursuits.

“Dan’s depth of experience in wealth management and estate planning reinforces our already strong commitment to private client services,” said Practice Chair Lewis A. Rubin. “To comprehensively meet our clients’ legal needs, we employ a fluid, multidisciplinary approach, calling on attorneys who concentrate in a variety of areas including wealth preservation, tax, employment, corporate, litigation, and real estate. In this way, we are able to focus on the broad spectrum of issues impacting our clients’ personal and business decisions, rather than operating narrowly just on specific developments in their lives. Dan will play a key role within our private client services practice as a whole, and especially in the areas of estate, gift and income tax planning.”

Differentiating itself from competitor practice groups, Davis & Gilbert takes a holistic, dialogue-based approach to the provision of services to private clients. The firm’s counsel is not limited to complex end-of-life matters or issues involving closely-held businesses, but rather the group works proactively with clients as they build families, businesses and wealth; serving as a trusted advisor, compassionate partner, and credible advocate.

About Davis & Gilbert LLP
Davis & Gilbert LLP is an independent, strategically focused, full service, multi-disciplinary law firm of more than 110 lawyers. Founded over a century ago and located in a single office in New York City, the firm represents a wide range of clients - including some of the world's largest public companies, small and mid-size independent companies, partnerships, joint ventures, large media conglomerates and multinational holding companies - throughout the United States and internationally. Davis & Gilbert is widely regarded as the #1 law firm for the marketing communications industry and has practices focusing on real estate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, corporate and middle market M&A, and private client services.

For more information, please contact:
Dawn M. Gertz
Chief Marketing Officer
dgertz@dglaw.com
212.468.4981