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Etta Brandman counsels clients in all aspects of estate planning, including the drafting of wills and trusts, estate and gift taxation and estate and trust administration. Since joining Stroock in 1980, Ms. Brandman has advised clients on lifetime planning for the inter-generational transfer of wealth and succession and tax planning for businesses.

Ms. Brandman has extensive experience regarding the laws governing charitable giving and not-for-profit organizations. She both advises and serves as director for numerous public charities and private foundations, currently including the Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

Ms. Brandman has written and lectured extensively on the subject of charitable giving for both expert and mass audiences.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America

Admitted To Practice

New York


J.D., New York University School of Law, 1980; Member, Annual Survey of American Law

B.A., summa cum laude, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1977


  • Co-author, "Racing Against The Legislative Clock: Time Sensitive Gift and Estate Tax Planning Guidance," Stroock Client Alert, September 23, 2021