Firm News from 2008

Leslie Giordani was named to the Super Lawyer list by Law & Politics magazine in the corporate counsel edition. She was featured in a special issue distributed to more than 20,000 corporate counsel and 5,000 CEOs of the top private and publicly held companies in the country.

Michael Ripp, Mari Reed, and Cindy Grossman were named to the Texas Rising Star list for 2008, as published by Super Lawyers magazine. Rising Stars represent the top 2.5% of up-and-coming lawyers in Texas, as determined by Law & Politics magazine.

Bob Chesner presented “Asset Protection Tools and Techniques,”at the 2008 McGehee Group Annual Advisors Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference was held October 19-21.

Leslie Giordani and Derry Swanger were named to the Texas Super Lawyers list for 2009, 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 magazine.

Leslie Giordani, Derry Swanger, Michael Ripp, and Steve Phillips were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America© 2009 and are featured in a special section of American Lawyer magazine, published in December.

Leslie Giordani, Bob Chesner, and Michael Ripp were quoted by Lewis Schiff in his article “A Special Kind of Life Insurance,” in Investment Advisor Magazine.

Leslie Giordani and Bob Chesner presented “Private Placement Life Insurance in the Offshore Marketplace,” at the Eleventh Annual Advanced ALI-ABA Course of Study for Counselors to Foreign and U.S. Clients. The workshop was held July 31-August 1 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

June 2008
Leslie Giordani and Bob Chesner presented “Gaining Preferential Tax Benefits On Your Investments Via Private Placement Life Insurance,”at the 15th Annual Family Office Forum in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was held June 18-20.

At Ballet Austin Foundation’s 10th anniversary dinner, Derry Swanger for his efforts as the foundation’s legal advisor. 

Bob Chesner chaired the IIR 6th Annual Event: Alternative Investing Through Life Insurance and Annuities in Miami, Florida, February 25-27. Leslie Giordani chaired the planning segment of the same conference and was a panelist in the session “Lessons from the Field: Protecting your Clients from Diversification Failures and Investor Control.” Michael Ripp also participated, sitting on a panel called “Solidify Market Understanding Through Comprehensive Q&A with Seasoned Managers.”