Jay E. Rivlin - McDermott Will & Emery


Jay E. Rivlin has extensive experience advising ultra-high net worth individuals and families on all aspects of their personal legal needs, including domestic and international estate, gift and tax planning, administration, cross-border issues, and controversy resolution; family office administration; business succession planning; family dispute resolution; charitable giving and private foundation administration; acquisition and ownership of private aircraft; as well as guardianship and planning matters for incapacitated persons. Jay is co-head of the Private Client practice in the Firm’s New York office.

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  • Crafts simple and complex (as desired and as appropriate) estate plans for individuals and families with wealth from $25 million to billions of dollars
  • Implemented numerous estate planning initiatives for well-known investment banking institution with exceptional success (passing in a single initiative more than $260 million to future generations free of most estate and gift taxes)

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, New York, 2012–2024
  • Chambers High Net Worth, New York: Private Wealth Law, 2022–2023


  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law, JD, with distinction
Cornell University, BS

New York