Professor Elizabeth R Carter
LSU Law Center
Professor Elizabeth R. Carter is the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Law and the Judge Anthony J. Graphia & Jo Ann Graphia Professor of Law at the Louisiana State University Law Center, where she teaches and writes in the areas of estates, trusts, taxation, Louisiana civil law, family law, and community property. She is the author of numerous articles and two text books in those areas. Professor Carter also oversees LSU’s Successions/Title Clearing law clinic. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the Law Center, Professor Carter teaches the course in federal gift and estate tax in the University of Alabama’s LL.M. program in taxation. Professor Carter earned a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Memphis, magna cum laude. She earned her J.D. from Tulane University Law School, magna cum laude. She was elected Order of the Coif, and awarded a Civil Law Certificate. While at Tulane, Professor Carter served as an articles editor of the Tulane Law Review, Volume 81, worked as a research assistant to Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos, and was a founding member of the Tulane Civil Law Society. Professor Carter was awarded the 2006 Dean Rufus C. Harris Award for the Best Writing on a Civil Law Subject by the Tulane Law Review. Upon graduation, Professor Carter was awarded the 2007 Louisiana Bar Association Civil Law Award for attaining the highest grade in civil law studies. She earned her LL.M. in Tax from the University of Alabama. Before joining the LSU faculty, Professor Carter worked at the New Orleans law firm of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard.
Ms. Laura E. Fine
Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, LLC
Laura Fine is a partner of the law firm of Lehmann Norman & Marcus, LC. Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Centenary College of Louisiana in her hometown of Shreveport in 2001. Laura graduated with her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California in 2006. She then attended Tulane University Law School and received her LL.M degree in Comparative and International Law in 2007. She joined Lehmann, Norman, & Marcus in August of 2008. Her concentration is in the fields of estate planning, estate administration, and business law. She is admitted to practice in California and Louisiana. She is board certificated as a specialist in Estate Planning and Administration from the Louisiana State Bar Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy through the American College, and an Accredited Estate Planner through the National Association of Estate Planning Councils. She is a Legal Advisory board member of Lift Louisiana, a board member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of New Orleans, a board member of the New Orleans Planned Giving Council, and a a board member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. She was also named a SuperLawyers Rising Star in 2016 and 2017.
Jones Walker LLP
Katelyn practices in the area of estate planning, assisting clients with the preparation of wills, trusts, marital property agreements, and powers of attorney. She also works with clients in succession matters and is involved in the preparation of US estate tax returns. Before joining Jones Walker, Katelyn’s legal experience included advising single-employer and multi-employer clients on issues related to qualified pension and welfare plans. Katelyn continues to assist with the preparation of plan documents, summary plan descriptions, and other documents necessary for plan administration. While in law school, Katelyn served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Katelyn also serves on the Board of Directors of HandsOn New Orleans, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting and facilitating volunteerism in the Greater New Orleans community.
Ms. Miriam Wogan Henry
Jones Walker LLP
Miriam Wogan Henry is a partner in the Tax Practice Group and a member of the firm’s board of directors. She focuses on estate planning, including family wealth transfer plans, charitable planning, and business succession planning, along with advising clients regarding fiduciary litigation and transfer tax controversy matters.
Miriam advises on trust and estate planning matters such as drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and marital property agreements. Advising clients in connection with gift and estate tax returns is part of Miriam’s practice, which includes representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax audits. She works closely with members of the firm's Litigation Practice Group in connection with fiduciary litigation and transfer tax controversies.
Miriam is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and currently serves as the Louisiana State Chair for ACTEC. She has been certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as a Board-Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Judge Frank J. Polozola of the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana from 1997 to 1998.
Committed to civic engagement and community service, Miriam has served on the boards of Trinity Episcopal School and the Louisiana SPCA.
Mrs. Rebecca M. Hinton
Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP
Rebecca Hinton represents individuals and businesses in the areas of federal, state and local taxation; tax controversies; estate planning; business matters; successions; and trusts. Rebecca is ranked by her peers among Best Lawyers® in tax law. She is an adjunct professor at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and frequently presents at CLE and other seminars on the topics of federal estate and gift taxation, estate planning, and federal taxation. Rebecca serves as secretary of the Estate & Business Planning Council of Baton Rouge. In the community, she is a board member of the nonprofit SportsBR, dedicated to uniting sports and the Baton Rouge community.
Ms. Rebecca S. Luster Radford
Blanchard, Walker, O'Quin & Roberts
REBECCA S. LUSTER RADFORD is an associate at Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts (A Professional Law Corporation) in Shreveport. Rebecca’s practice primarily involves taxation, estate planning, successions, trusts, and business and commercial transactions. Rebecca is a frequent speaker on estate planning and taxation topics and is a co-author of Estate Planning in Louisiana, which is part of the Louisiana Practice Series. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration, cum laude, from Rhodes College in 2008 and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Virginia in 2009. Rebecca earned a J.D. and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2012, cum laude. Subsequent to her studies at LSU, Rebecca earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida in 2013.
Leon Rittenberg III
Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC
Leon Rittenberg III is a New Orleans native. He attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied economics and graduated magna cum laude. He returned home to attend Tulane University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. Leon was a summer associate at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Will Garwood of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Leon joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. His practice focuses on serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and their owners; including philanthropy and non-profit law, taxation, finance, private equity, estate planning, probate, real estate, mergers and acquisitions and related matters. Leon represents the interests of a number of private investors, oil service businesses, marine transportation companies and physician groups. He is a Board Certified Tax Specialist and Board Certified Estate Planning & Administration Specialist, as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He frequently lectures in areas such as taxation, estate planning and maritime transactions.
Leon is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He has been recognized by Chambers USA (Louisiana Corporate/M&A: Tax section; 2017), Super Lawyers (Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Business/Corporate) and Best Lawyers in America (Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts & Estates) since 2007, and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for his work in Equipment Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Tax Law. New Orleans City Business selected him for their Leadership in Law class of 2014, which “identifies and honors 50 outstanding legal professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community.”
Leon is active in the New Orleans community, serving on the Boards and Executive Committees of numerous non-profit organizations. In 2015, he served as chairman of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization’s Tax Law Advisory Committee. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.