Laura A. Zwicker




Laura Zwicker chairs Greenberg Glusker's Private Client Services Group.

Ms. Zwicker's practice focuses primarily on counseling high net worth individuals and their families in connection with domestic and international estate and tax planning issues and business succession planning; advising financial institutions with regard to fiduciary and custodial issues; forming, advising and dissolving non-profit organizations; and probate and post-death trust administration.

Ms. Zwicker has received many accolades, including being ranked in Chambers and Partners USA and Chambers and Partners Global High Net Worth Guide (2016-2017) for Private Wealth Management; as a “Top Woman Lawyer” by the Daily Journal (2016); as a “Trust & Estate Trailblazers” by the National Law Journal (2016-2017); Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018); Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who In L.A. Law” (2009); Southern California Super Lawyers for Estate Planning & Probate (2010-2017); and she is rated "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5," by Martindale Hubbell. She frequently provides media commentary, including "Prince Died Without A Will. What Happens Next To His $150 Million-Plus Estate?,” Forbes, April 27, 2016, and "Robin Williams Posthumously Blocks a New Aladdin Sequel Featuring His Voice," Vanity Fair, November 2015.


Estate Planning Experience

  • Counsels high net worth families regarding the creation of estate planning structures that not only minimize transfer taxes but that also reflect the values of the family with respect to education, charitable giving and community involvement
  • Provides United States transfer tax planning for multinational families, including pre-immigration planning, lifetime planning with domestic securities, life insurance and real property, and planning, preparation and establishment of offshore and onshore multi-generational trust and corporate structures
  • Provides counseling to families with closely held business interests regarding business succession planning, estate tax planning and tax planning prior to the sale or public offering of the closely held business
  • Counsels hedge fund managers on advanced planning techniques for carried interests
  • Represent founders of popular tech startups in pre-liquidity GRAT planning
  • Represent leading dairy farm families in structuring ownership and planning business succession
  • Counsels multi-branched extended families on unified family business management and wealth transfer structures
  • Counsels A-list celebrities on US-UK tax planning structures
  • Counsels A-list celebrities on estate planning and tax implications of structured divorce settlements

Media Commentary/Published Articles

Professional/Community Affiliations

  • Member, Executive and Planning Committees, 2013-2016, USC Gould School of Law Tax Institute
  • Member, STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

Speaking Engagements

  • Hawaii Tax Institute, "In Wealth Transfer Strategies We Trust: The Intersection Between Bankruptcy and Wealth Transfer Laws," November 8, 2017 
  • Hawaii Tax Institute, "Top Tax Tips for Making Divorce Less Taxing," November 8, 2017
  • CalCPA, "LA Estate Planning Cte: Estate Planning for Diminished Capacity," May 10, 2017
  • Orange County Estate Planning Council, "What's Love Got To Do With It: Can You Trust a Trust? The Intersection of Family Law and Estate Planning," March 28, 2017
  • Estate Planning Council of San Gabriel Valley , "Trusts in the Context of Bankruptcy," February 27, 2017
  • Hawaii Tax Institute, "The Good, the Bad, and the Innovative:The Evolution of Joint Spousal Trust in Today's Wealth Transfer Strategies," November 8, 2016
  • AICPA Forensic & Valuation Services Conference Nashville, "Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law (Can You Trust a Trust)," November 7, 2016
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, "Panel on Bankruptcy and Trusts," November 7, 2016 
  • The Tax and Estate Planning Forum, "Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law (Can You Trust and Trust)," October 20, 2016
  • Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council, "The Sterling Matter and Lessons on Diminished Capacity," October 10, 2016
  • Motion Picture Television Fund Professional Advisory Network, "Global Strategies:  Advising Clients with Ever Growing International Ties,” May 18, 2016
  • Los Angeles Estate Planning Counsel, "Can You Trust A Trust: The Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law," January 27, 2016
  • USC Tax Institute, Moderator, January 27, 2016
  • CalCPA Family Law Conference, “Can You Trust A Trust: The Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law,” November 12-13, 2015
  • Hawaii Tax Institute, “What Does Love Have To Do With It: The Intersection of Estate Planning and Family Law,” November 3-8, 2015
  • Woodland Hills Estate Planning Council, "Lessons from the Sterling Saga," June 10, 2015
  • Glendale Estate Planning Council, "Lessons from the Major Leagues: What Sterling and Benson Can Teach Us About Preparing for Diminished Capacity," March 17, 2015
  • Through the Looking Glass XI: An Ongoing Reflection of Current Estate and Gift Planning Issues, November 21, 2014
  • Hawaii Tax Institute, "The Sale of the L.A. Clippers: a Sterling Dilemma of Competency, Trust Powers and Contract Rights," November 3, 2014
  • Los Angeles Estate Planning Council Luncheon 2014, “Lessons From the Sterling Saga,” October 22, 2014
  • Los Angeles Business Journal,  Wealth Management Roundtable, April 21, 2014 
  • Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners Annual Institute on Tax, Estate Planning and the Economy, "A Study In Cross Cultural Communication Of Financial And Tax Strategies," January 31, 2014 
  • USC Tax Institute, "Passport to Planning: Estate Planning in a Global Economy," January 29, 2014
  • 2013 M Renaissance Weekend, "Through the Looking Glass: How Trust & Estates Attorneys Recommend a Life Insurance Professional," October 14, 2013
  • 2013 Delaware Trust Conference, "The Art of Trusts...Perfected," October 1, 2013 
  • Trusts & Estates Symposium 2013: Legal Perspectives on Fiduciary Investment and the Economics of Marriage, "Planning for Couples in a Time of Transition," September 27, 2013
  • Estate Planning and Trusts Issues in Marital Dissolution, July 2013
  • What Every Family Law Lawyer Should Know About Estate Planning, April 2013
  • Business Exit Strategies, April 2013 
  • Estate Planning For Actors and Athletes, September 2012
  • Insights Into Foreign Born Clients, Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners, October 2011
  • Trust Governing Law Clauses: Issues Estate Planning Lawyers Should Consider, Southern California Tax and Estate Planning Forum, October 2010