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 “Top Women Lawyers” for 2016 by the Daily Journal, “Trust & Estate Trailblazers” for 2016 by the National Law Journal, Best Lawyers in America (2013-2016), Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Who’s Who In L.A. Law” (2009), Southern California Super Lawyers for Estate Planning & Probate (2010-2016) and is rated, "AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5," by Martindale Hubbell. She frequently provides media commentary, including "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 lifetime planning with domestic securities, life insurance and real property, and planning, preparation and establishment of offshore 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 settlement
  • Provides counsel regarding the proper structuring of corporate and private split-dollar insurance transactions
  • Represents South American government in planning and drafting a trust and custodial structure for a new national pension system

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)
  • Board Member, The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company

Speaking Engagements

  • 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 
  • 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