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Representative Matters

Counsel to private clients, including businesses, business owners and boards.  Other clients are high net worth individuals and families seeking advice on business, property, tax and estate planning matters.  Further representation includes advice to trustees, executors and beneficiaries.

Advises clients on the structure, funding and operational aspects of public and private non-profit corporations and charitable foundations, including organization, qualification with the Internal Revenue Service and related tax-exempt organization compliance.

Clients include closely-held businesses for tax and business advice, including planning and structure of acquisitions, mergers, executive compensation, buy-sell agreements and general business matters.

Non-profit, charitable and civic organization clients include public charities, religious organizations and private foundations.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Abbott is a member of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council, the Association of Employee Benefit Planners of New Orleans and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (former State Chair of Louisiana and former member of the Charitable Planning and Exempt Organizations Committee) and a member of the Trust Code Committee of the Louisiana Law Institute. 

He is a past member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Tax Specialization Advisory Commission, serving as Chair, 1997-98, and the Board of the Tulane Estate Planning Institute.  As an assistant professor at Louisiana State University, he taught Corporate Tax, Income Tax and Corporation Law.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Mississippi Bar Association, and has memberships in the Section of Taxation and the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the ABA and comparable sections of the Louisiana State Bar Association. 

Among his civic leadership positions, Mr. Abbott has served on the Board of Directors, and as Chair, of Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans, the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church, and has served as Chancellor (Attorney) for Trinity Episcopal Church.  He has served on the Board of Directors of public non-profit corporations, including Lambeth House, Inc., (a Continuing Care Retirement Community), and Episcopal Housing for Seniors, Inc. and several private non-profit foundations.  Mr. Abbott is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Civil Service League and received the Monte M. Lemann Award.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Mr. Abbott is listed in the Louisiana Private Wealth Law section of Chambers & Partners' High Net Worth guide.  He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana Super Lawyers in the field of Trusts and Estates and Fiduciary Litigation.  He was named a Leader in Law by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2009.  He has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans magazine.

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1971

  • Order of the Coif
  • Served on the Virginia Law Review

University of Mississippi, B.B.A. in Accounting

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