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John C. Novogrod

John C. Novogrod

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

New York, NY, USA

Mr. Novogrod concentrates his practice in the areas of domestic and international estate planning and trust and estate administration.

Mr. Novogrod counsels wealthy families and individuals, and highly compensated executives and venture capitalists, in connection with the planning of significant and complex estates and trusts. He also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries with regard to the administration of such estates and trusts. Mr. Novogrod advises with regard to gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; asset protection planning; pre- and post-nuptial agreements; charitable giving; contested estate and trust matters; corporate and tax issues affecting closely-held businesses and their owners; and planning for the transfer of the ownership of such entities at death. In addition, Mr. Novogrod advises several family offices and has assisted wealthy families in creating family offices. He has represented numerous nonresident aliens of the US in connection with their worldwide estate and asset protection planning. He has also counseled with respect to the creation of off-shore banks and trust companies.

After graduating from Yale Law School in May 1967, he served as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy and left active duty in April 1971.

Mr. Novogrod is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of estate planning. He is the co-author of an article on the Federal transfer tax consequences of a self-settled, irrevocable trust governed by New York law, published in The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal; an article on the private settlement of fiduciary accounts, published in Trusts & Estates magazine; an article titled “The BIG Issues: Confronting Built-In Gains In Transfer Tax Valuations” published in the New York Law Journal on February 11, 2008; an article titled “Owning Up: The Accountability of a Fiduciary Holding a Controlling Interest in a Corporation” published in the New York Law Journal on January 31, 2011; an article titled “An Estate Planner’s Guide to Client Representation” published in the New York Law Journal on January 30, 2012; an article titled “After Death, the Voting Trust and S Corporation Can Survive” published in Tax Notes on July 8, 2013; and an article titled “Standing to Enforce Restrictions on Use of Charitable Gifts,” published in the New York Law Journal on January 21, 2014. In addition, Mr. Novogrod lectures frequently on estate planning topics including, most recently, on the subjects of Estate Planning with Venture Capital Interests, Contentious Matters for Charities, the Private Settlement of Fiduciary Accounts, and The Pension Protection Act of 2006: Provisions Pertaining to Charitable Giving by Individuals. He is also the co-author of a book entitled Law and Vietnam. Additionally, Mr. Novogrod authored a chapter of a treatise on international criminal law.

Mr. Novogrod has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2014), New York Super Lawyers (2006-2013), Chambers USA (2010-2013) and Legal 500 US (2011 and 2013).


J.D., Yale Law School, 1967

B.A., Harvard University, 1964

Bar Admissions

New York, 1968

Professional Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

New York State Bar Association

American Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Court of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1994-1997, 2011-present

Philanthropic Activities

Director of several private family charitable foundations

Member of the Planned Giving Advisory Boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Public Library

Director, International Board of the U.S. Middle East Project


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