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Michael Ripp represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures, including the tax planning and compliance aspects of such structures. He advises non-U.S. individuals regarding the tax and legal issues involved in pre-immigration planning, temporary residency, and planning for gifts to their U.S.-resident families, both during lifetime and at death. A significant portion of his practice involves advice regarding mechanisms for deploying leverage in the acquisition or monetization of assets, including real estate. In addition, he counsels major financial institutions and boutique financial service providers on matters of interest to the ultra high net worth marketplace, including advice to hedge fund and fund of funds managers regarding the establishment and operation of insurance dedicated funds (IDFs), including an IDF’s legal and business relationships with domestic and international insurance carriers. Mr. Ripp’s practice also includes counseling fiduciaries with respect to the administration of trusts and estates, and he is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • 2301 South Capital of Texas Highway, Building K
    Austin, TX 78746


  • English


  • Texas A&M University, graduated 1994
  • Washington University in St. Louis, graduated 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas


  • American Bar Association - Member (Taxation; International Law; and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections)
  • Austin Bar Association - Member (Estate Planning and Probate Law and Business, Corporation and Taxation Sections)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) - Member
  • State Bar of Texas - Member (Tax; and Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections)
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Board Certified (Estate Planning and Probate Law)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates


  • Texas Super Lawyer - Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines (2014)
  • Texas Rising Star-Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazines (2004 through 2011)

Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law

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