Norman J. Benford

Norman J. Benford: Attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Shareholder; National Chair Emeritus, Trusts & Estates Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP (1800 Attorneys)
  • 333 SE 2nd Avenue, Suite 4400, Miami, FL 33131
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Norman J. Benford is National Chair Emeritus of the Trust & Estates Practice and counsels high-net-worth individuals and families in connection with estate planning and other complex tax issues, as well as business succession and other non-tax family matters. Norm also counsels individuals and institutions serving as fiduciaries of estates, trusts and guardianships in connection with administrative matters and disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.


•Personal estate planning
•Resolution of estate, gift and generation-skipping tax disputes with IRS
•Business succession
•International estate and pre-immigration planning
•Administration of trusts and estates, including contested probate and trust matters
•Establishment and operation of private and public charitable organizations
•Negotiation and preparation of marital agreements

Recognition & Leadership

Awards & Accolades

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, 1983-2018
• Miami Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2012
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide,National Leader, Wealth Management; Florida Leader, Estate Planning, 2008-2015
•Listed, Who's Who Legal: Private Clients, 2014
•Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Legal Elite, 2005
•Listed, Who's Who in America
•Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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(Board Certified Lawyer, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Tax & Business Group

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
305.579.0660  Phone
305.961.5660  Fax
University Attended:
Yale University, B.A., 1959
Law School Attended:
Yale Law School, LL.B., 1964
Year of First admission:
1965, New York; 1974, Florida

Professional & Community Involvement

•Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, more than 35 years teaching international estate planning, fiduciary administration, drafting and domestic estate planning in the Estate Planning LL.M. and J.D. programs
•Past Board Member, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Board of Trustees
•Past Board Member, Mercy Hospital, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees
•Past Board Member, Doral/Ryder Open, Board of Governors
•Past Board Member, Plymouth Congregational Church, Board of Trustees
•Board Member, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Board of Trustees
•Past Chairman, Endowment Committee, University of Miami
•Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Past Executive Committee Member
•Past Regent
•Past President, ACTEC Foundation
•Member, Advisory Committee, Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
•Member, International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
•Member, Executive Council
•Member, American Bar Association

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1959-1964
Birth Information:
Germantown, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1938
Reported Cases:
Experience: Military Experience: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1959-1964
(Board Certified Lawyer, Wills, Trusts and Estates, Florida Bar Board Of Legal Specialization And Education)

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  • 5.0/5.0
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