John C. Novogrod

Mr. Novogrod is a partner at the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Paris. He concentrates his practice in the areas of domestic and international estate planning and trust and estate administration.

Mr. Novogrod counsels wealthy families and individuals, and highly compensated executives and venture capitalists, in connection with the planning of significant and complex estates and trusts. He also represents individual and corporate fiduciaries with regard to the administration of such estates and trusts. Mr. Novogrod advises with regard to gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; asset protection planning; charitable giving; contested estate and trust matters; corporate and tax issues affecting closely-held businesses and their owners; and planning for the transfer of the ownership of such entities at death. In addition, Mr. Novogrod advises several family offices and has assisted wealthy families in creating family offices. He has represented numerous nonresident aliens of the US in connection with their worldwide estate and asset protection planning. He has also counseled with respect to the creation of off-shore banks and trust companies.

After graduating from Yale Law School in May 1967, he served as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy and left active duty in April 1971.

Mr. Novogrod is a frequent speaker and author on the topic of estate planning. He is the co-author of an article on the Federal transfer tax consequences of a self-settled, irrevocable trust governed by New York law, published in The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal, an article on the private settlement of fiduciary accounts, published in Trusts & Estates magazine, an article titled “The BIG Issues: Confronting Built-In Gains In Transfer Tax Valuations” published in the New York Law Journal on February 11, 2008, an article titled “Owning Up: The Accountability of a Fiduciary Holding a Controlling Interest in a Corporation” published in the New York Law Journal on January 31, 2011, and an article entitled “An Estate Planner’s Guide to Client Representation” published in the New York Law Journal on January 30, 2012. In addition, Mr. Novogrod lectures frequently on estate planning topics including, most recently, on the subjects of Estate Planning with Venture Capital Interests, Contentious Matters for Charities, the Private Settlement of Fiduciary Accounts, and The Pension Protection Act of 2006: Provisions Pertaining to Charitable Giving by Individuals. He is also the coauthor of a book entitled Law and Vietnam. Additionally, Mr. Novogrod authored a chapter of a treatise on international criminal law.

Mr. Novogrod has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2011), New York Super Lawyers (2006-2010), and Chambers USA (2010-2011).

Mr. Novogrod is also deeply engaged in various philanthropic activities, and is the director of several family charitable foundations and of the International Baccalaureate Fund, Geneva, as well as a member of the New Milford Hospital Community Board, the Planned Giving Advisory Boards of the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Public Library, and of the Smith Barney Wealth Advisory Board.

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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