Robert C. Lawrence, III

Senior Counsel
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone212 504 6211

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Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Private Wealth
  • Institutional Planning
Contact InfoTelephone: 212 504 6211
Fax: 212 504 6666
University Cornell University, B.A., 1960
Law SchoolNew York University School of Law, LL.B., 1963; New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1966
Admitted1963, New York; 1966, New Jersey; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit

Bob Lawrence, former Chair of the Private Client Department, is a leading authority in international and domestic tax, trust, succession, and personal planning matters. He advises high net worth individuals and families regarding tax-efficient structures for their U.S. and global holdings, with emphasis on the minimization of taxation, the management of holdings, and their transfer to family members, entities, trusts and/or charities. In addition, he assists with dispute resolution among and between families, family members, and fiduciaries. Bob was partner with the Firm from 1974-2012.

In recognition of his substantial experience and many professional accomplishments, Bob has been named a leading international private client and wealth management attorney by numerous independent publications and organizations, including Chambers Global (where he has ranked as a Star for four consecutive years and was recently referred to as an exceptional lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable about cross-border estate planning), Chambers USA (where he has ranked consistently in Band 1 over the years and is described as one of the best-known names in the industry), The Best Lawyers in America, Citywealth's Top 100 Wealth Advisors and Managers in North America, Euromoney's Top U.S. Tax Lawyers, Who's Who in Law, and Who's Who in America.

Bob is a prolific author, including a seminal treatise, International Tax and Estate Planning: A Practical Guide for Multinational Investors, (PLI 3d ed), and serves as Editor of Lawrence: International Personal Tax Planning Encyclopedia (LexisNexis UK). His articles have been published by, among others, the American Bar Association, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., Heckerling Institute, and Practising Law Institute, and in Trusts and Estates Magazine.

In addition to writing, Bob is a frequent lecturer on international tax and estate planning issues, and has addressed foreign and international groups, including the Institute for International Research, IBC Legal Studies and Services, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, International Tax Planners Association, The Private Client Legal Forum, The Bahamian Bankers Association, Cayman Bankers Association, Family Wealth Management and The Bank of Bermuda; as well as domestic organizations, such as the American Bar Association, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, American Law Institute, University of Miami Law Center's Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, The Archdiocese of New York, Foundation for Accounting Education, Institute for International Research, Institute of Private Investors, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc., The Museum of Modern Art, New York State Bar Association, NYU School of Continuing Legal Education, Practising Law Institute, Strategic Investors, The Templeton Fund, UCLA-CEB, University of Denver College of Law, U.S. Treasury Department - Office of International Tax Counsel, Washington State Bar Association, World Trade Institute, and many others. He also has spoken to leading financial advisory institutions, such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and UBS PaineWebber.

He is a member of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (International Estate Planning Committee), International Academy of Estates and Trust Law, New York State Bar Association, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners International Committee. Bob is a past President of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and former Chairman of the International Estate Planning Subcommittee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association Committee on Recruitment of Lawyers.

Bob graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and received his LL.B. and LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He joined Cadwalader in 1966. He is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of New York and District of New Jersey, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

News & Resources


News Releases

•Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide
Mar 25, 2014

•2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

•2013 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in Multiple Areas of Practice
Oct 06, 2012

•Super Lawyers Taps More Than 40 Metropolitan New York Cadwalader Attorneys as Outstanding in Their Fields
Sep 26, 2011

•2012 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 45 Cadwalader Attorneys in 30 Areas of Practice
Sep 06, 2011

•Cadwalader Recognized for Continued Excellence by Chambers Global 2011
Apr 19, 2011

•Cadwalader Attorneys Recognized Among Legal Elite by Avenue Magazine
Aug 12, 2010

•The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes 37 Cadwalader Attorneys in 21 Areas of Practice
Aug 04, 2010

•Cadwalader Recognized as Industry Leader by Chambers
Jun 15, 2010

•Cadwalader's Robert Lawrence Named to Citywealth Private Wealth Management Leaders List
Jan 13, 2010

•2010 Edition of The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes Numerous Cadwalader Attorneys
Aug 07, 2009

•Cadwalader Lauded in Multiple Practices in Chambers USA
Jun 12, 2009


•Chambers and Partners USA 2014
May 23, 2014

•Cadwalader Attorneys, Practices Recognized by 2014 Chambers Global Guide
Mar 25, 2014

•2014 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 44 Cadwalader Attorneys Across a Range of Practices
Oct 22, 2013

•Chambers and Partners USA 2013
May 24, 2013

•The Best Lawyers In America 2013
Oct 06, 2012

•Chambers and Partners USA 2012
Jun 07, 2012

•Chambers and Partners Global 2012
Mar 01, 2012

•Cadwalader Attorneys Named to Avenue Magazine's Legal Elite
Aug 12, 2010


Clients Friends Memos

•Important Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Tax Planning Opportunities
Nov 09, 2010

•U.S. Federal Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer (GST) Taxes
Jan 29, 2010


•International Personal Tax Planning Encyclopaedia

Edited by Robert Lawrence, this book provides an overview of multinational personal tax planning by examining the gift and death tax property regimes of a number of countries.

•International Tax and Estate Planning

Robert Lawrence's International Tax and Estate Planning is directed at practitioners engaged in counseling multinational investors on planning investments so as to conserve assets and transmit them in a manner and to the persons desired, while keeping


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

•22nd International Trust & Tax Planning Summit
Nov 20, 2013

•Effective Trust & Estate Planning
Jul 19, 2012


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