Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP

Areas of Practice

Undergraduate School

Law School

Bar Admissions

Georgia, New York

Memberships

Girls Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc.
Wellesley College Alumnae Association
American College Trust & Estate Counsel, Fellow

Recognitions

Georgia Super Lawyers - Estate Planning & Probate (2012, 2014)
The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 - Trusts and Estates

Languages

French

Kristen M. Lewis

Kristen M. Lewis is Counsel in the Tax Practice at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

She has extensive experience in estate planning and wealth protection, “special needs trusts,” trust and estate planning and administration, guardianships, fiduciary matters, trusts for pets, and charitable giving techniques.

Ms. Lewis is a nationally recognized expert on Special Needs Trust planning for persons challenged by disabilities, and is a frequent speaker and author on this topic. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and an active member of the Special Needs Alliance, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association Elder Law Section, the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section, and the Georgia Planned Giving Council. She is a former Co-Chair of the Long-Term Care, Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts Committee of the Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA.

Ms. Lewis received her B.A. degree in French and political science, with highest honors, from Wellesley College in 1981. She earned her J.D. degree from Cornell Law School in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Georgia. Ms. Lewis has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate. She was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in Trusts and Estates.

Ms. Lewis currently serves on the Boards of All About Developmental Disabilities and Georgia Community Supports and Solutions, which serve persons with disabilities and their families. She also is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, Inc. and a former Trustee of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association. She serves as a volunteer trainer for Canine Assistants, which raises and trains certified service dogs for recipients with disabilities. She is an active member of St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, serves as an annulment Case Sponsor with the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and is a Board member of the Serra Club of Atlanta, which supports religious vocations.

Ms. Lewis recently co-authored an article entitled, “Top 15 Tips for Estate Planners When Planning for Special Needs,” published in Probate & Property, Volume 24, Number 2, March/April 2010, which won the magazine’s 2010 Excellence in Writing Award for “Best Overall Article - Trusts & Estates.” Her paper on “Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs” was included in the Fourth Quarter 2012 edition of the Journal of Estate & Tax Planning published by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, and presented at the Southern Federal Tax Institute in October 2012. She also co-presented with Emory Law School Professor Jeffrey Pennell for a 2012 ALI-CLE program entitled “Special Needs Trusts: Issues for Estate Planners in Drafting First-Party and Third-Party SNTs.”

She has also published an online article entitled “Estate Planning Tips for Families with Special Needs,” Womenetics, January 06, 2011. In the May/June 2003 edition of Probate & Property, Volume 17, Number 3, she authored an article entitled “Special Needs Trusts.”

Lewis, Kristen

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Kristen M. Lewis
404-815-3640 phone
404-685-6940 fax

Assistant

Pat Gilchrist
404-815-3500 x53205
pgilchrist@sgrlaw.com

Location

Atlanta

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