John C. Novogrod - Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

John C. Novogrod

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

John 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; international and domestic 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 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 Practising 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 Practising Law Institute's 45th Annual Estate Planning Institute.

Harvard CollegeBA 1964Yale Law SchoolJ.D. 1967
American College of Trust and Estate CounselNew York State Bar Association American Bar Association The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Client Comments

"There is no one in my life I trust more than John Novogrod. I feel lucky to have him as my decision maker!"

"I have worked with John for over 20 years and continue to work with him on complicated international trust and tax issues. His help invaluable and I find him a pleasure to work with."

-Eric Harvitt
Landmark Companies LLC

"My experience working with John Novogrod was perfect. I will certainly continue to ask his advice for any legal matters that arise in the future."

-Martha Grossman

Office Location

1177 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Trusts and Estates (Asset Protection, Fiduciary Duties, Gift Planning, Litigation, Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving, Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Probate, Trust Administration)