Firm News from 2005

Michael Ripp presented two sessions at Financial Resource Associates’ 3rd Annual Event: Insurance & Annuity-Based Hedge Fund Investing Forum in New York: “Life Insurance and Annuity Basics: Product, Tax and Regulatory Issues” and “Back to Basics: Revisit the Fundamentals and Convergence of Hedge Funds, PPLI’s & Annuities.”

We proudly welcomed Michael H. Ripp as a new partner of the firm.

Leslie Giordani and Derry Swanger were named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2006, as published by Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers represent the top 5% of lawyers in the state, as determined by Law & Politics magazine. Each attorney is featured in the Texas Super Lawyers Edition in the October issue of Texas Monthly. Michael Ripp was named to the Super Lawyers’ Texas Rising Star list for 2006. Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of up-and-coming lawyers in Texas.

Leslie Giordani and Derry Swanger were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2006. Each partner is featured in a special section of tAmerican Lawyer magazine (November 2005).

Leslie Giordani presented at the Eighth Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study for Counselors to Foreign and US Clients – International Trust and Estate Planning Conference, which was held in Seattle, Washington, August 25-26. Her session was titled “Offshore Private Placement Life Insurance.”

We welcomed Mari M. Reed as a new associate attorney of the firm. Prior to joining, Ms. Reed was an associate in the Dallas office of Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, L.L.P.

Leslie Giordani serves as chairman of IBC’s Third Annual Hedge Fund Investing through Life Insurance and Annuities, held June 13-14 in New York. She spoke at a session titled “Exploring the Benefits and Trade-offs of Onshore vs. Offshore Private Placement Life Insurance.” Michael Ripp also attended, leading the session “Legal Issues and Structures: What’s Going on in the PPLI Marketplace?”

Leslie Giordani presented at the FOX Wealth Advisor Conference, Understanding and Servicing the Ultra-Affluent Client, held in Coconut Grove, Florida February 9-11. Her presentation was called “Private Placement Life Insurance: Friend or Foe?” 

Leslie Giordani was selected as chairperson for IBC’s Third Annual National Event, Hedge Fund Investing through Life Insurance and Annuities.