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T. Randolph Harris graduated from Princeton University in 1974 and from the New York University School of Law in 1977, from which he subsequently received a Master of Laws in Taxation. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. After serving an appellate clerkship and engaging in practice at other firms in the New York area, he joined McLaughlin & Stern as co-chair of the Trusts & Estates Department in 2000. His practice relates primarily to estate planning, the administration of estates and trusts, and the resolution of controversies in the Surrogate’s Court.

Mr. Harris is an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University, where he teaches Estate Planning in the Graduate Tax Law Program. He has chaired various committees of the Tax Section and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a Fellow and former Regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, where he is a past Chair of its Committee on Fiduciary Income Taxes. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Estates, Gifts and Trusts Advisory Board of Tax Management, Inc., a former director of the New York City Estate Planning Council, and a member of the Anti-Defamation League Planned Giving Advisory Board, the Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, and the Princeton University Planned Giving Advisory Committee, and Co-Chair of the Simon Wiesenthal – New York Tolerance Center Professional Advisory Board, and the Museum of Art and Design Professional Advisory Committee.

Mr. Harris has served on the Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee and the Estate & Gift Tax Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, currently serves on the Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee of the New York State Office of Court Administration and has served on the Executive Committee of the Taxation Section of the New York State Bar Association, where he was co-Chair of the Estate & Gift Tax Committee. He regularly publishes and lectures nationally on various estate planning matters, and has been on the faculty of tax and estate planning institutes around the country. Mr. Harris serves as an officer and trustee of various charitable organizations. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and is currently the Chair of the Advisory Council on Culture and the Arts of the Salzburg Global Seminar.


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  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1977; LL.M. in Taxation, 1983)
  • Princeton University (A.B., 1974)


  • Wheeling, WV

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1980
  • New Jersey, 1977
  • United States Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1979


  • American Bar Association (Taxation Section, Former Chair, Fiduciary Income Tax and Tax Practice Management Committees; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member, Section Council, Former Chair, Marital Deduction and Business Entity Planning Committees)
  • New York State Bar Association (Taxation Section, Member, Executive Committee, Co-Chair Estate & Gift Tax Committee; Trust & Estate Law Section)
  • American College of Trust & Estates Counsel (Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Regents, Former Chair, Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, Co-Chair, Website Administration Group)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Former Member, Committees on Estates and Gift Taxation and Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court) Surrogate’s Court Advisory Committee of the New York State Office of Court Administration