Gordon Appleman is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Mr. Appleman focuses his practice on most aspects of taxation.

Mr. Appleman counsels clients on federal income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes.

In addition, Mr. Appleman has extensive experience in wills, probate, estates, trusts, exempt organizations and community property.


  • Harvard Law School, LL.B.
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with high honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • American Bar Association
  • American Law Institute
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Philosophical Society of Texas
  • Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, Founder; Secretary and Treasurer, 2011-2020
  • Fort Worth Symphony, Director, 1966-1983; Vice President, 2009-2010
  • The University of Texas Foundation Inc., Board of Trustees, 1995-Present; Chair, 2005-2006
  • The Exchange Club of Fort Worth, President, 2004
  • The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council, Chairman, 1997-1998
  • Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee, 1996-1998; Board of Directors, 1996-1998; Chairman, Central Area Council, 1996-1998
  • The University of Texas: Commission on Fraternal Organizations, 1986-1987; Athletics Council for Men, 1988-1991; Committee on Undergraduate Experience, 1990-1991; Commission of 125, 2003; Advisory Council of College of Liberal Arts, 1971-Present, President, 2007-2008; Development Board; Ex-Students' Association, President, 1985-1987, Life Member, also served in various roles such as Executive Council, President, Chairman, Board of Advisors
  • The WARM Place, Director, 1988-Present; President, 1993-1995
  • Davey O'Brien Educational and Charitable Trust, Trustee, Secretary and Treasurer, 1977-2004
  • Fort Worth Business & Estate Council, Chairman, 1977-1978
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Board of Directors, 1975-1981; President, 1980-1981
  • Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association, Director, 1970-1972; Vice President, 1972-1973
  • State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section, Chairman, 1971-1972; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Tax Advisory Commission; Grievance Committee
  • Harvard Law School Association of Texas, President, 1968-1969; National Vice President, 1969-1970
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 1987-2024
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2003-2018
  • Top Attorneys, Fort Worth, Texas magazine, Tax and Trusts, Estates, Probate, 2006-2013, 2015, 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas Ex-Students' Association, 2001
  • Pro Bene Meritis Award, University of Texas College of Liberal Arts, 2000
  • University of Texas Recreational Sports Hall of Honor, 2019