Renee R. Roth

Renee R. Roth

Of CounselNew York, NY

T: (212) 803-1283

F: (212) 448-0066




Professional Background

1983 — 2008

Surrogate, New York County
132 reported opinions, many addressing novel issues (e.g., rights of children born through in vitro fertilization; rights of non-marital fathers in adoption cases; designed process of determining death of persons missing in aftermath of 2001 attack on World Trade Center; reformation of trusts involving Subchapter S corporations and GRITs; seminal case reforming will to maximize tax benefits for estate

1980 — Present

Adjunct Professor, Fordham University School of Law (Estate Administration)

1999 — Present

Chair, Surrogate's Court Advisory Committee of the Office of Court Administration

1976 — 1982

Monthly Columnist, "Wills, Estates and Surrogate's Practice," New York Law Journal

1969 — 1982

Law Assistant and Referee, Surrogate's Court (King's County)


Community and Public Service

1974 — Present

Lecturer in the following forums:
  • Judges’s Association of the State of Georgia (keynote speaker on courts as critical second responders to emergencies such as September 11th attack on World Trade Center)
  • Japanese Adult Guardianship Association (in Tokyo) (New York guardianships)
  • Trust Companies Association of Japan (in Tokyo) (private trusts and litigation)
  • United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
  • Yeshiva University
  • Hadassah
  • National Association of State Legislators
  • Various Bar Associations
  • Chair, Estate Planning Conference of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Annual Estate Planning Conference of Brooklyn
  • The Gay-Straight Alliance of the New York State Courts
  • Designed and chaired 20-year program, New York County Lawyers' Association 10-week course on Surrogate's Practice
  • Estate planning programs of other civic and charitable organizations
  • New York State Bankers’ Association (Policy Issues and Common Trusts)

2003 — 2004

Member, Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections

1987 — Present

Director, Fordham Law School Alumni Association

1983 — Present

Executive Committee, Surrogate’s Association of the State of New York

1987 — 1992

Trustee, St. Francis College

1986 — 1996

Member, Women’s Forum, Inc.

1986 — 1991

Member, New York Task Force on Permanency Planning for Children

1978 — 1984

Board of Directors, National Association for the furtherance of Jewish Education

1977 — 1979

President, City College Alumni Association

Publications & Honors