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John C. Novogrod 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; pre and post-nuptial agreements; 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. Mr. Novogrod also serves as a director or trustee of several private family foundations and serves as counsel to the governing bodies of such foundations.

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; an article titled “An Estate Planner’s Guide to Client Representation” published in the New York Law Journal on January 30, 2012; an article titled “After Death, the Voting Trust and S Corporation Can Survive” published in Tax Notes on July 8, 2013; an article titled “Standing to Enforce Restrictions on Use of Charitable Gifts,” published in the New York Law Journal on January 21, 2014; and a chapter titled “Transfer (And Other) Tax Consequences of Pre-Marital and Post Marital Agreements,” published in the 45th Annual Estate Planning Institute’s Tax Law and Estate Planning Course Handbook Series by the Practicing Law Institute in August 2014.

He is also the co-author of a book entitled Law and Vietnam. Additionally, Mr. Novogrod authored a chapter of a treatise on international criminal law.

Mr. Novogrod lectures frequently on topics such as Estate Planning with Venture Capital Interests, Contentious Matters for Charities, the Private Settlement of Fiduciary Accounts, The Pension Protection Act of 2006: Provisions Pertaining to Charitable Giving by Individuals, and, most recently, on Transfer (And Other) Tax Consequences of Pre-Marital Agreements and Post-Marital Agreements at the Practicing Law Institute’s 45th Annual Estate Planning Institute.

Mr. Novogrod also is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Center for Middle East Public Policy of the RAND Corporation and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2016), New York Super Lawyers (2006-2015), Chambers USA (2010-2015) and Legal 500 US (2011 and 2014).

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in

  • Litigation – Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates


  • Chambers and Partners’ Chambers USA (2016)
  • Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Navy from May 1967 to April 1971



McLaughlin & Stern New York Area 2021 "Best Lawyers"    Trust & Estates Randolph Harris James M. Kosakow John C. Novogrod Barbara A. Sloan Amy…

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  • Yale Law School (J.D., 1967)
  • Harvard College (B.A., 1964)

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • American Bar Association – Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association – Member
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Member