Overview

Donald A. Goldsmith is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office. He practices in the area of exempt organizations, estate planning, trust and estate administration and dispute resolution.

Mr. Goldsmith has developed sophisticated estate plans for many high-net-worth clients, advised privately held companies on pre-public offering estate planning structures and set up tax-efficient investment vehicles for high-net-worth clients. He has administered many complex large estates in New York and other jurisdictions, and represented clients in a variety of forums in connection with disputed matters, including probate courts in several jurisdictions and the U.S. Tax Court.

In addition, he has served as outside general counsel to the American Foundation for the Blind, the Center for Jewish History, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Wallace Foundation.

While at Columbia University School of Law, Mr. Goldsmith was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Credentials

Education
  • Columbia University Law School, J.D.
  • Bowdoin College, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Memberships
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee 
  • Bowdoin College, Board of Trustees
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra, Board of Directors 
  • Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Trustee
  • Amy P. Goldman Foundation, Trustee 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Visiting Committee, Department of European Paintings; Professional Adviser’s Council
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers, Academician
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Trusts and Estates, 2018, 2019 
  • The International Who's Who of Private Client Lawyers, 2013
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2018
  • Helen Keller Achievement Award, American Foundation for the Blind, 2012
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated

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