Nikola R. Djuric: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Nikola R. Djuric

Nikola R. Djuric

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8486
Fax: 404-853-8806
University Duke University, A.B., magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude
Admitted1996, Georgia

Professional Activities

fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Former Chair, Fiduciary Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
Vice President, Atlanta Estate Planning Council
Former Chair, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta Bar Association
Chair, Planned Giving Advisory Board, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Member, Atlanta Philanthropic Advisor Leadership Institute

BornSt. Louis, Missouri, July 5, 1970

Nick Djuric advises clients on estate planning-including the preparation of wills and trust instruments and tax and succession planning for closely held businesses. A member of Sutherland's Tax Practice Group, Nick practices primarily in estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax; wills, trusts, and administration of estates; tax controversies; fiduciary litigation; and private foundations. In particular, he works closely with private family offices and their professional advisors on multigenerational estate planning. As chair of the Legislation Committee of the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, Nick has been active for many years in the reform of Georgia's law of trusts and estates.

Nick served as an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School and Georgia State University College of Law, introducing future attorneys to wills, trusts, estates and federal gift and estate taxation. Prior to joining Sutherland, Nick was a law clerk for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Selected Experience
Sutherland advises multiple family members on $122 million gifts in 2012.
Sutherland represents trustee of $50 million testamentary trust in remaindermen matter.
Sutherland advises multiple family members on forming $120 million in grantor retained annuity trusts.

Awards and Rankings

Named ”2013 Lawyer of the Year“ by Best Lawyers in Atlanta Trusts and Estates

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the area of trusts and estates (2008-2015)

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of wealth management: Eastern Region (2010-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers (2009-2014)

Selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers ”Rising Stars“ (2005-2007)

Selected for inclusion in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Trusts and Estates (2009)

Recipient, Atlanta Bar Association Estate Planning and Probate Section's inaugural Distinguished Service Award (2012)

Recipient, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's S. Phillip Heiner Award for pro bono and community service (2010)

Recipient, Woodruff Arts Center's Charles R. Yates Award for Service on the 2009-2010 Annual Corporate Campaign Foundations Committee (2010)


Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


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Inherited IRAs Are Not Bankruptcy-Exempt as “Retirement Funds”
Thomas M. Byrne,Brenna Clark,Adam B. Cohen,Nikola R. Djuric,B. Knox Dobbins, June 23, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held in Clark v. Rameker that an inherited individual retirement account (IRA) does not qualify for the “retirement funds” exemption in the Bankruptcy Code and is not excluded from a bankruptcy estate on that basis. That exemption...

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Nikola R. Djuric

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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