Edward A Copley
The private client services practice group at Akin Gump counsels a wide range of individual clients and their families, with a specialty in providing tax and estate planning advice to high net worth individuals. Often working closely with lawyers in other practice areas of the firm such as tax and private equity, the private client services group advises on wealth management issues such as estate planning and administration, business succession and intergenerational tax and succession planning, retirement planning, and charitable giving, as well as complex transfer tax planning (using, among other techniques, GRATs, family LLCs and FLPs and sales to “defective” grantor trusts) for hedge fund and private equity fund principals and investors, executives and other high net worth clients. The group also advises fiduciaries on matters involving estate and trust administration and trust terminations.

Lawyers in Akin Gump’s private clients services group have extensive experience dealing with the complex tax issues facing U.S. clients who reside in the United Kingdom or who have property situated in foreign jurisdictions and subject to both foreign and U.S. succession, property and tax laws. We also advise non-U.S. individuals regarding tax and succession planning, including off-shore trust structures, asset protection and tax reporting obligations.

Akin Gump’s private client services group prides itself on providing personal, partner-level attention to each client and maintaining long-term relationships with our clients and multiple generations of their family members.

Accredited Estate Planner - National Association of Estate Planners & Councils

Fellow - American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

Edward A Copley
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
1700 Pacific Ave #4100
Dallas TX 75201-4675
Tel: 214 969-2709
Fax: 214 969-4343
E-mail: ecopley@akingump.com

* Private Client Services
* Tax

Edward A. Copley’s practice focuses on taxation, trusts and estates, with an emphasis on wealth transfer, estate planning, foundations, insurance and income tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Copley was an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., working first for the Antitrust Division from 1960 to 1962 and then for the Tax Division from 1962 to 1966. After transferring to the Tax Division, Mr. Copley tried cases in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico involving corporate and individual taxation, estate tax, gift tax, valuation, excise tax and fraud issues.

Mr. Copley received his B.A. in English in 1957 and his J.D. in 1960 from Southern Methodist University, where he served as editor in chief of the Southwestern Law Journal. He is a member of the Texas and District of Columbia bars and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Texas, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Claims.

Mr. Copley is a past president of the Dallas Estate Planning Council, the Tax Section of the Dallas Bar Association and the Southern Methodist University Law Alumni Association. In addition, he served as an adjunct professor of taxation at Southern Methodist University from 1966 to 1979 and has served on its board of visitors. In 2006 he was named by Citywealth Magazine as one of the top 100 wealth advisors in the United States. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a life fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Copley is a life member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas and serves on the advisory councils and boards of directors of several charitable organizations.

Mr. Copley serves as the general counsel of the O’Donnell Foundation in Dallas, Texas.
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