Dean C. Berry

Phone212 504 6944

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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Private Wealth
  • Institutional Planning
University Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1979; Harvard University, A.M., 1979
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1982; New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1990
Admitted1983, New York

Dean Berry, Chair of the firm's Private Client Group, counsels clients on developing and implementing tax-efficient strategies for the management and transfer of private wealth, with a focus on complex U.S. and international trust and estate planning. He frequently works with attorneys, accountants, investment advisers and fiduciaries within and outside the U.S. to provide coordinated advice to clients having contacts with more than one country.

In his estate planning practice, Dean advises U.S. and foreign clients on the U.S. personal income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax laws. Planning often includes the preparation of wills and the establishment of structures utilizing trusts, partnerships, limited liability companies and insurance. Representative clients include individuals with family connections to multiple jurisdictions, individuals married to non-U.S. citizen spouses, U.S. beneficiaries of foreign trusts, U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations and foreign persons owning U.S. assets. When necessary, he represents clients in tax audits, appeals and litigation. In the area of estate and trust administration, he advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries with respect to probate, the prudent investor standard for investments, fiduciary accountings, controversies, and related court proceedings.

Dean also advises and assists philanthropic donors in making charitable gifts through private foundations, donor-advised funds, and charitable split-interest trusts, and advises charitable organizations on corporate and tax matters.

Dean is a member of the American Bar Association (Section on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) and the New York State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates Section). He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College, where he was selected for Phi Beta Kappa in his Junior year, an A.M. in History from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

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News Releases

•Cadwalader Names Five to Partnership
Dec 19, 2012

•Leading Private Client Attorney Dean Berry Joins Cadwalader
Aug 08, 2011


Clients Friends Memos

•FATCA May Open a Pandora's Box of Civil and Criminal Tax Liability for U.S. Persons Who Have Not Timely Paid Their U.S. Taxes or Filed Returns-Now Is a Critical Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure
Oct 22, 2012


•U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act: New Reporting Obligations on Foreign Financial Institutions about U.S. Individuals' Accounts, Investments
Feb 01, 2013

•FATCA May Open Pandora's Box of Civil, Criminal Tax Liability; Now Is a Critical Time to Consider Voluntary Disclosure
Dec 04, 2012


•The 23rd Annual International Trust & Tax Planning Summit
Sep 30, 2014

•PLI's International Estate and Tax Planning 2014 Conference
Apr 22, 2014

•Legal Week - Private Client Legal Forum Americas Conference
Feb 05, 2014

•International Tax And Trust Congress
Mar 12, 2013

•Private Client Forum Americas 2013
Jan 30, 2013

•47th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
Jan 14, 2013

•Private Client Forum
Nov 15, 2012

•Effective Trust & Estate Planning
Jul 19, 2012

•International Tax and Trust Congress 2012
Mar 21, 2012


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Dean C. Berry

New YorkNY 10281-0006


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