Gordon Appleman focuses his practice on all aspects of taxation. He counsels clients on federal income, estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, and excise taxes. He has extensive experience in wills, probate, estates, trusts, exempt organizations, community property, and employee benefits.


  • 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
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Taxation Section, Former Chairman; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Former Member, Tax Advisory Commission; Grievance Committee
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association; Former Director, Vice President
  • Member, Fort Worth Business & Estate Council, Former Chairman
  • Member, Harvard Law School Association of Texas; Former President, Former National Vice President
  • Member, The Exchange Club of Fort Worth; Former President
  • Member, The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council; Former Chairman, Executive Committee
  • Member, The University of Texas Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; Former President
  • The University of Texas: Athletics Council for Men; Commission of 125, 2003-present; Recreation Sports Hall of Honor, 2019; Committee on Undergraduate Experience, 1990-1993; Commission on Fraternal Organizations, 1986-1987; Member and Former Chairman, Advisory Council of College of Liberal Arts; Pro Bene Meritis Award, 2000; Development Board; Ex-Students' Association, Life Member, Member of Executive Council, Former President, Former Chairman, Board of Advisors
  • Member, Philosophical Society of Texas
  • Davey O'Brien Educational and Charitable Trust; Former Trustee, Secretary, and Treasurer, 1978-2003
  • The WARM Place; Director, Former President
  • Member, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Former Member, Executive Committee, Board of Directors; Chairman, Central Area Council
  • Fort Worth Symphony; Former Director and Executive Vice President, Vice President for Finance
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; Former President, Member of Board of Directors
  • Founder, Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education; Former Secretary and Treasurer
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 1983-2012, 2014-2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters (Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Employee Benefits/ERISA), 2003-2018
  • Top Attorneys (Tax and Trusts, Estates, Probate) by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2006-2013, 2015, 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas Ex-Students' Association, 2001