Bloomberg Tax Announces Recipients of Outstanding Author Awards in Estates, Gifts, and Trusts

Louis Mezzullo of Withers Bergman Awarded Leonard L. Silverstein Award for Distinguished Service in Tax

Arlington, Va. (January 23, 2019) — Bloomberg Tax today announced the 2018 recipients for outstanding authorship in estates, gifts, and trusts and the recipient of the 2018 Leonard L. Silverstein Award for Distinguished Service in Estates, Gifts, and Trusts Taxation. Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, David E. Stutzman of Seward & Kissel LLP, and Sandra D. Glazier of Lipson Neilson P.C. were named outstanding authors of the year. Louis Mezzullo of Withers Bergman was this year’s recipient of the Silverstein Award, named after the founder of the Tax Management Portfolios, for his expertise and longstanding contributions to the field of EGT tax. The awards were presented at a luncheon at the 53rd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, which took place in Orlando from January 14 -18.

Elizabeth Carrott Minnigh and David E. Stutzman received the Outstanding Portfolio Author of the Year award for their work on Tax Management Portfolio 815, Planning for Authors, Musicians, Artists, and Collectors. The Portfolio addresses the unique issues involved in planning for and administering estates that consist in part of assets that have been created by the decedent’s personal creative efforts or the creative efforts of others.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by Bloomberg Tax for our Portfolio,” said Minnigh. “I appreciate the opportunity to contribute practical insights on a topic I am passionate about to the legal community together with my brilliant co-author.”

“The Tax Management Portfolios are an essential part of my toolkit when advising clients on sophisticated tax issues,” said Stutzman. “I was both humbled and excited to have been given the opportunity to collaborate with Elizabeth on the preparation of this Portfolio, and honored to share the Portfolio Author of the Year Award with her.”

Sandra Glazier was named the Outstanding Contributing Author of the Year for her article, Capacity and Ethical Considerations When Representing Vulnerable Adults. While receiving the award for this specific article, Glazier has consistently contributed compelling articles that provide technical and practical insights on a variety of estate law issues to Bloomberg Tax subscribers.

“I am truly honored to receive Bloomberg Tax’s 2018 Contributing Author of the Year Award,” said Glazier. “I’ve been honored to be able to contribute to the profession through writing for Bloomberg Tax and I look forward to continuing to work with their team to develop content that it meaningful to estate practitioners.”

Silverstein Award winner Louis Mezzullo has authored seven Tax Management Portfolios on range of topics in taxation including estate and gift taxes, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and estate planning.  A consulting partner with Withers Bergman LLP, his principal areas of practice are taxation, estate and business succession planning, and employee benefits. He was on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Program in Estate Planning, the University of San Diego School of Law and was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Richmond Law School for nearly three decades.

“I am truly honored to receive the Leonard L. Silverstein award for Distinguished Service in Tax,” said Mezzullo. “Leonard Silverstein was a giant in the tax profession and was always very supportive of my work on the Tax Management Portfolios.  I felt a heavy responsibility while writing the Portfolios because of the high regard the tax profession holds for these works, and I am a better practitioner because of my authorship.”

“We are honored to recognize the tremendous contributions of these esteemed tax professionals,” said Lisa Fitzpatrick, President, Bloomberg Tax. “We are grateful for the practical guidance, insights, and analysis that Elizabeth, David, and Sandy have shared with our subscribers. And Lou’s extensive contributions to Bloomberg Tax have greatly benefitted the practitioners who turn to us for unparalleled perspectives and in-depth guidance in estate, gifts and trusts taxation. In addition to his work with Bloomberg Tax, he has a provided a wealth of practical and technical knowledge to the EGT community on a near unprecedented scale. We are grateful for his time and commitment as a Tax Management Portfolio author.”

Elizabeth Minnigh is a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC in Washington, D.C.  She is a tax attorney who focuses on advising high net worth families and charitable organizations and advises families on the tax-efficient accumulation, management, and transfer of wealth, particularly in connection with closely held businesses and other valued assets, such as fine art and other collectibles.

David E. Stutzman is counsel to Seward & Kissel LLP and a member of the firm’s Trusts and Estates and Charitable Organizations Group. For over 30 years, David has specialized in complex estate, trust and charitable planning and administration for high-net-worth individuals and families.

Sandra Glazier is an equity shareholder with Lipson Neilson P.C. in its Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. She concentrates her practice in the areas of family law; probate litigation; estate planning; and probate and trust administration. With over 35 years of experience, she has handled a number of complex cases and served as a mediator, arbitrator, and guardian ad litem in family court and probate cases.

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