Jessica Galligan Goldsmith

Ms. Goldsmith is co-Managing Partner  of Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP and Chair of the Trusts and Estates department.  Ms. Goldsmith is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated attorney and a New York Super Lawyer, and has been named as one of the top 25 attorneys in Westchester. Since 2013, Ms. Goldsmith has also been named as one of the top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro area.

An active practitioner for more than 30 years, Ms. Goldsmith practices in the areas of estate and gift planning, estate administration, planning for closely held businesses, charitable planning and administration, and related private client services.  Ms. Goldsmith works closely with clients to implement individualized and tax efficient gift and estate plans for the transfer of wealth, including business succession planning.   Ms. Goldsmith regularly represents clients with closely held real estate businesses, and is well versed in the unique aspects of this practice area. She also represents charitable entities and  negotiates and implements agreements between individuals or their foundations and public charities. Her practice also includes the negotiating and drafting prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements. In addition, Ms. Goldsmith has extensive experience representing taxpayers in Federal estate and gift tax audits. Ms. Goldsmith employs sophisticated estate and gift tax planning techniques and strives to find creative solutions for each client’s personal and financial objectives.

Prior to joining Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP, Ms. Goldsmith worked at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP before joining a boutique trusts and estates practice in New York City and then founding her own law firm.

Education

  • Harvard University (J.D., 1985)
  • Bryn Mawr College (B.A.,1982, cum laude)

Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States Tax Court

Memberships

Professional:

  • New York City Bar Association
    • Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Court Committee
      • Secretary, 1989–91, 1992–93
      • Member, 1994, 2004–05, 2013–2014
    • Estate and Gift Taxation Committee
      • Member, 2014-17
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation for the Trusts and Estates Law Section
      • Member 2016-present
    • Tax Committee for the Trusts and Estates Law Section
      • Co-Chair 2017-present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Metro New York Philanthropic Advisors Network

Philanthropic:

  • Therapeutic Equestrian Center Inc. (Director)
  • Stonecrop Gardens, Inc. (Director)

Publications