Conrad Teitell is a principal in the Connecticut and Florida law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, based in the firm's Stamford office and chairs the firm’s National Charitable Planning Group. He is an adjunct professor (Masters Graduate Program in Estate Planning) at the University of Miami School of Law. He holds an LL.B. from Columbia Law School and an LL.M. from New York University Law School.
He has lectured nationally on taxes and estate planning for thousands of hours at programs sponsored by bar associations, estate planning councils, colleges, universities, law schools, community foundations, hospitals, museums, retirement communities, religious, health, social welfare and other organizations. He also teaches ethics in charitable gift planning.
His publications on taxes, wills and estate planning have been read by millions—lay people and professional tax advisers. His many articles include columns in Trusts & Estates magazine and the New York Law Journal. He is the editor and publisher of Taxwise Giving, a monthly newsletter and is the author of the five-volume treatise, Philanthropy and Taxation. His column, Speaking and Writing, has appeared in the American Bar Association’s Journal and in TRIAL, the magazine of The American Association for Justice.
Conrad Teitell founded and taught the American Bar Association's (ALI/CLE’s) public speaking courses for over 25 years. He teaches public speaking to other professional advisers and laypeople and teaches public speaking for the Practicing Law Institute. He taught public speaking in a six-part PBS television series.
Teitell was the on-air tax adviser for the PBS series On The Money produced by WGBH/Boston. He has done six PBS television specials on taxes and estate planning—two produced by WGBH/Boston, two produced by KVIE/Sacramento, one produced by WMHT/Schenectady and one produced by KCTS/Seattle. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace.
Conrad Teitell has testified at hearings held by the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. He was one of four invited witnesses to testify at the Senate Finance Committee on estate tax revision. The other invited witnesses were a businessman from Iowa, a rancher from South Dakota and the Oracle from Omaha—Warren Buffett.
Conrad Teitell, the subject of three lengthy interviews in U.S. News & World Report, is regularly quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine. Profiled in Bloomberg Personal Finance as one of the nation’s lawyers who has reshaped estate planning by helping clients protect wealth, avoid taxes and benefit charities, he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. He has been awarded the designation “Distinguished Estate Planner” and is the recipient of the “Hartman Axley Lifetime Service Award” by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is the recipient of the American Law Institute/American Bar Association's Harrison Tweed Award for Special Merit in Continuing Legal Education and the recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association—Federal Tax Institute of New England’s Outstanding Achievement Award. He has been named the Stamford, Connecticut Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year by the publication, Best Lawyers in America