Jeff Kolodny advises clients on complex international and domestic estate planning and administration, with a focus on wealth preservation through effective tax planning, structuring, and personal planning for high-net-worth individuals, multinational families and family-owned businesses.



Jeff handles a wide range of estate planning, tax, and other legal matters for international and domestic clients. He frequently advises clients with respect to their wealth transfer and tax planning, obligations as fiduciaries, and rights as beneficiaries of estates and trusts. He also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in accounting proceedings, will contests, and other Surrogate’s Court proceedings.

Jeff frequently counsels managers of hedge funds and private equity funds in connection with their transfer tax planning and also advises family-owned businesses regarding the development and implementation of business succession plans.

For international clients, Jeff often creates plans and structures that achieve wealth transfer and other objectives while minimizing taxes when multiple legal and tax systems apply. He frequently represents foreign individuals acquiring or owning U.S. property, individuals and fiduciaries with assets in multiple jurisdictions, and U.S. nationals with assets abroad.

Jeff is a full member of the New York Chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Jeff is also a member of the Board of Trustees of The Hudson Guild, a 501(c)(3) multi service community organization serving those who live, work or go to school in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, with a focus on those in need.

Jeff has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Trust and Estates by “Best Lawyers” since 2018.


New York University School of Law (L.L.M., 1998)

New York University School of Law (J.D., 1995)

SUNY Albany (B.S., 1989)

Bar Admissions

New York


Best Lawyers – Trusts and Estates



To Do: Year-End Estate Tax Planning

SmartPros, December 2018

Unpredictable Treatment – Should trusts be used in jurisdictions unfamiliar with the concept?

Trusts & Estates, November 2011

The New Expatriation Tax Regime

New York Law Journal, January 2010, Co-Authored with Rachel E. Small

Ties to U.S. and Canada

New York Law Journal, September 2007, Co-Authored with Michael Galligan and Rachel E. Small

Modern Inheritance Develops in China

New York Law Journal, February 2007, Co-Authored with Hao Wang and Michael W. Galligan


Helping Clients Navigate COVID-19 (Updating)

March 30, 2020,

Kleinberg Kaplan is working closely with our clients to provide counsel and guidance during these unprecedented times. A selection of our recent thought leadership pieces related to the implications of COVID-19 includes: The Force May Be With You: COVID-19 and Force Majeure Provisions (March 31, 2020): How and if businesses should consider exploring the invocation…

Estate Planning Considerations and COVID-19

March 25, 2020

As the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) continues to affect almost all areas of life, the Kleinberg Kaplan Trusts & Estates Practice Group is monitoring developments that may impact our clients’ estate planning. As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of our clients and their families are of paramount importance to us. In light of the current situation,…

SECURE Act Changes Key Retirement Plan and IRA Rules Alerts

December 30, 2019

Retirement benefits (such as pension, profit-sharing, 401(k) or IRA benefits) make up a substantial portion of many people’s assets. Congress recently passed, and the President signed on December 20, 2019, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act (the SECURE Act) as part of the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The SECURE Act made various…

Proposed Regulations May Substantially Mitigate CFC Tax Issues for Funds – Certain Funds May Want to Issue Amended 2018 K-1s

June 20, 2019,

The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations on Friday, June 14th, addressing various aspects of the controlled foreign corporation (“CFC”) rules, including with respect to global intangible low-taxed income (“GILTI”) and, significantly, who is a 10% or more shareholder for inclusion purposes regarding subpart F income and GILTI income. Among other things, the proposed regulations…