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Four-member team leaves McDermott Will & Emery for Venable


Joining Venable's tax and wealth planning practice in Los Angeles as partners are Jonathan Lurie, Jason Trenton, William Burford and Andrew Copans.

Lurie is an American College of Trust and Estate Counsel fellow, who focuses his practice on international and domestic tax, estate planning and trust administration.He has lectured on estate planning at Whittier School of Law and the University of West Los Angeles, and frequently speaks and writes on the subject. He has also served as an expert witness in several cases involving trust administration.

Trenton is a legal specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. He specialises in advising clients on trusts and estates, family business succession planning and international estate planning, with a particular focus on US-Canada estate planning. Trenton is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialisation and will join the firm in early January 2017. 

Joining the firm from Mcdermott Will & Emery, Burford focuses his practice on tax, estate and business succession planning, formation and operation of tax-exempt organisations. Previously working as a wealth adviser at JP Morgan, Burford has experience with all forms of irrevocable trusts and other estate planning instruments, partnerships and LLC agreements, real estate transfers, court petitions, tax returns, audits, and ruling requests. 

Andrew Copans will also join the firm as a partner. He advises clients on all aspects of estate and wealth transfer planning with extensive experience in structuring sophisticated wealth transfer techniques. He routinely counsels clients on estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax issues, and works closely with families and family offices in implementing and administering complex estate plans for domestic and international high-net-worth individuals and families.

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