Akin Gump Adds Seth D. Slotkin As a Partner in Its Private Client Services Group

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 13:31

Akin Gump today announced that Seth D. Slotkin, a highly regarded trusts and estates lawyer, has joined the firm’s tax practice in New York, where he will be a partner in its private client services group. Mr. Slotkin was previously a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Mr. Slotkin counsels high-net-worth clients in all aspects of trusts and estates law, including estate planning and estate and trust administration and litigation. He also assists individual clients and families with the establishment and management of charitable giving programs, including the creation of private foundations and public charities. In addition, he advises young entrepreneurs and executives on succession, tax and estate planning.

“As our clients seek counsel on their most pressing estate planning needs, Seth will be a strong addition to the firm,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “His extensive experience with private client work, combined with his deep knowledge of the many industries in which our clients operate, will be extremely beneficial, and I am very happy he has joined us.”

Mr. Slotkin also has significant experience concerning the use of business entities, such as limited partnerships and limited liability companies, and sophisticated trusts, including grantor retained annuity trusts and intentionally defective grantor trusts, in estate plans to produce optimal valuations from a tax perspective and reduce tax liability. In more than two decades of practice, he has developed a strong reputation in the private client community.

“Seth will be an integral part of our practice as we continue to expand our work for private clients on a wide range of issues,” said Stuart E. Leblang, co-head of Akin Gump’s tax practice. “With his keen understanding of the structure of limited partnerships, limited liability companies and sophisticated trusts, among other key areas, Seth will be a truly valuable counselor to our clients, particularly those in the hedge fund and private equity space. I am delighted to have him on our team.”

Added Mr. Slotkin, “The domestic and cross-border nature of Akin Gump’s private client services work is very impressive and, combined with the breadth of industries in which the firm is strong, was a big factor in my decision to come here. I am eager to build upon the personal relationships the firm already has with its diverse client base, and am excited by the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Mr. Slotkin is chair of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the United Jewish Appeal—Federation of Jewish Philanthropies. He also is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Mr. Slotkin received LL.M. and J.D. degrees from New York University School of Law. He received his B.A. degree from Emory University.