Birmingham, AL. Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the firm and three of its shareholders have earned the top tier, Band 1 ranking in the recently released Chambers High Net Worth (“HNW”) 2018 Guide: The World’s Leading High Net-Worth Advisors. Cynthia Lamar-Hart, Daniel H. “Danny” Markstein III, and Kirby Sevier received this distinction as leaders in the area of Private Wealth Law for the second year in a row, along with Maynard Cooper’s recognition as a Band 1 Law Firm in this area of practice.
Cynthia Lamar-Hart serves as Chair of Maynard Cooper’s Estate, Trust & Business Planning, Fiduciary Advisory Services and Fiduciary, Trust & Estate Litigation practice groups. She provides unique comprehensive representation, including serving as legal counsel, strategic advisor and litigator for her clients. With a sophisticated estate planning practice, Ms. Lamar-Hart helps clients fulfill their testamentary and tax objectives through estate and gift tax planning and charitable planning. In her Fiduciary Advisory Services practice, she serves as primary outside counsel to corporate fiduciaries, advising on policies and procedures, trust and estate administration, business acceptance and overall risk management. She also serves as primary outside counsel to public universities, charitable organizations and private foundations. Ms. Lamar-Hart is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham and the National Association of Estate Planners.
Kirby Sevier has focused his law practice in the area of wills, estates and trusts for over 40 years. His reputation as one of the top lawyers in the field has attracted some of Alabama’s largest companies and their leaders. Sevier serves as the estate planning counsel for many of the largest privately held businesses in the state and as a trusted advisor to institutional trustees. Individuals trust Sevier to handle their income, estate and gift tax planning, charitable planning, insurance and employee benefits, and a variety of complex wealth transfer techniques. He also has an extensive estate administration practice. Sevier is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the National Association of Estate Planners, and is a former Director of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham. A founding Shareholder of Maynard Cooper, Sevier has served on the firm’s Executive Committee and continues to serve as the firm’s Hiring Partner.
With more than 45 years of experience, Danny Markstein is a national leader in the area of Private Wealth Law. He is a trusted legal and business advisor to his clients, including family-owned businesses and other privately-held companies and their owners, entrepreneurs, nonprofit and exempt organizations, corporate and individual fiduciaries, and individuals. His comprehensive knowledge and experience spans all aspects of federal, state and local tax laws. He provides his clients with solutions to issues regarding their business, family, tax and estate planning, as well as develops and implements innovative plans to protect their business and personal interests. Highly regarded by his peers, Markstein is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and Former Trustee of the American Institute on Federal Taxation, and he is the only Alabama lawyer to serve as President of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
The Chambers HNW Guide is based on extensive information collected each year by a dedicated team of private wealth researchers who conduct thousands of interviews with clients, family officers, investment managers, bankers, accountants and tax professionals, lawyers, fiduciaries, and other market participants to determine the broadest possible view. The Guide is used by family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals, providing objective guidance on an international scale, making Chambers High Net Worth a key reference point for an extremely mobile market.
The release of the Chambers HNW Guide is aligned with the previously launched edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, in which Maynard Cooper and 37 of the firm’s attorneys received top ranking in the areas of Banking & Finance (including Regulatory and Public Finance), Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Corporate, Environment, Healthcare, Labor & Employment, Litigation: Commercial (including Appellate), and Real Estate.