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Nutter Bolsters Private Client Department With Partner Susan von Herrmann

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Nutter announced the continued growth of its Private Client Department with the addition of Susan von Herrmann as a partner. Based in Nutter’s San Francisco office, von Herrmann’s practice includes all aspects of sophisticated estate and related tax planning and estate and trust administration. She has extensive experience in devising strategies to minimize estate and gift tax liabilities, in charitable planned giving, and in planning for clients with cross-border interests. Von Herrmann joins Nutter from Perkins Coie, where she was a partner in the Trust & Estate Planning and Family Office Services practices.

“There is increasing demand for strategic counsel on complex estate and trust matters, and Nutter is committed to investing in our multidisciplinary platform to best serve client needs. Susan is a recognized leader in this area whose deep experience complements our highly regarded team,” said Michael Scott, Nutter’s co-managing partner.

Von Herrmann’s clients rely on her for thoughtful counsel and strategic guidance in defining and reaching their personal and financial estate planning goals. Her client base includes founders, senior executives at hedge, venture, and investment funds, family business owners, real estate developers, partners in professional service firms, and multigenerational families. She often presents on trusts and estate planning protections for families, including LGBTQ families and blended families, having represented gay and lesbian couples and families since the emergence of partner rights in California. Von Herrmann is individually recognized in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) and The Best Lawyers in America.

“Our clients will benefit from Susan’s expertise in creating bespoke plans that help realize their estate planning and philanthropic objectives in a tax-efficient manner,” said Jeffrey Roberts, chair of Nutter’s Private Client Department.

Active in the community, von Herrmann recently founded and currently serves on the board of Pro bono Organization for Native ‘Ohana, Inc., which provides pro bono legal services to the victims of the Maui wildfires. She is active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the American Bar Association, California Bar Association, San Francisco Bar Association, Hawaii Estate Planning Council, San Francisco Estate Planning Council (past board member), and the Boston Estate Planning Council. Von Herrmann earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law and her B.A. from Stanford University.

Nutter’s Private Client Department is one of the largest and most well-respected teams of trust and estate planning lawyers in Boston. Von Herrmann’s arrival follows the Firm’s recent addition of Danilo Santucci as a partner in the Private Client Department as well. The team provides individualized, practical advice and legal counseling on a broad range of issues to high net worth individuals and families, entrepreneurs, private business owners, and executives. Clients turn to Nutter’s private client attorneys to handle all types of estate planning, estate administration, and trust administration matters. Nutter’s cross-disciplinary team works closely with clients and their advisors to develop a unique and personal approach to meet each client’s goals and objectives.

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Nutter is a Boston-based law firm that provides legal counsel to industry-leading companies, entrepreneurs, institutions, foundations, and families, across the country and around the world. The firm’s corporate, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and land use, labor and employment, tax, and trusts and estates practices are national in scope. The firm was co-founded in 1879 by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, before his appointment to the Court. For more information, please visit and follow the firm on LinkedIn.

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