Paul E. Van Horn received his B.A. in English, cum laude, from Yale College in 1989 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1994 as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. After serving judicial clerkships in the federal District Court for the Southern District of California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, he joined a firm in New York City as an associate, where he began practicing in the trusts & estates area. He received his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2000 where he served as a student editor of the Tax Law Review. Mr. Van Horn then joined McLaughlin & Stern in June 2000, and was made a partner in the firm in 2004. His practice focuses on estate planning and administration, charitable giving, trust and estate litigation and business succession planning.
Mr. Van Horn is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where he teaches fiduciary income tax in the Graduate Tax Law Program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC) and a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, where he is Chair of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee and a past Chair of the Tax Practice Management Committee. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association and a past Secretary of the Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation. He also is a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association and of the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Van Horn publishes and lectures nationally on a variety of estate planning and estate and gift tax topics including recent presentations for the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the Tax Section of the ABA on "Death and Decoupling: Planning for the Phase Out of the Federal Credit for State Death Taxes," "Interrelated Computations and the Estate and Gift Tax" and "Reciprocal Trusts Revisited," which has been published in the Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal. He also advises charitable organizations on planned giving and related issues. Mr. Van Horn lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with his wife and two children.