Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC

Jennifer Rigterink


Jennifer Rigterink was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but considers herself a New Orleans “native by choice.” She received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford and also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Student. After a stint in Austin, Texas, Jennifer moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University Law School, where she was a member of the Tulane Law Review. She spent her second summer clerking for the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating summa cum laude in 2012, Jennifer received the Conrad Meyer III Award for academic leadership, the Robert Friedman award for academic writing and was designated a member of the Order of the Coif.

Jenny joined Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer in 2015, where her practice is focused on transactional matters. Jenny has particular expertise in legal issues related to tax-exempt organizations, including public charity status, governance, restructuring, unrelated business income tax (UBIT) and use of supporting organizations. She advises tax-exempt entities often on day-to-day compliance issues arising under applicable tax laws.

Through the firm’s partnerships with Idea Village, VetLaunch and the Landing Zone, Jenny has counselled various start-up companies, with a particular focus on tax planning and equity-based incentive plans and arrangements (such as stock options, restricted stock and phantom equity). Jenny has also advised companies and executives on the design and administration of non-qualified plans governed by Section 409A, including “top-hat” deferred compensation plans and supplemental executive retirement plans (SERPs).

Prior to joining the firm, Jenny served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr., Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and to the Honorable Yvette Kane, District Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Outside of work, Jenny enjoys gardening, chasing down her dogs, Buster and Francine, and dancing with the NOLA Cherry Bombs, an all-women dancing and parading troupe founded in 2011.


BHBM & The Greater New Orleans Foundation Organization Effectiveness Initiative: “Nonprofit Compliance Workshop” (August 22, 2017)

Society of Louisiana CPAs Annual Not-for-Profit Workshop: “Board Member Responsibilities” (July 28, 2017)

BHBM Seminar for Trustees: “Fiduciary Duties: A Case Study” (July 19, 2017)

BHBM Estate Planning Seminar for Life Underwriters: “Estate Planning Case Study & Panel Discussion” (May 10, 2017)

New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW): “Beyond Stock: Attracting and Compensating Key Employees” (March 22, 2017)

Landing Zone/VetLaunch Cohort Meeting: “Taxing Topics: Do’s and Don’ts for Startups” (February 7, 2017)

BHBM 33rd Annual CPA Seminar – Metairie: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (November 16, 2016)

BHBM 33rd Annual CPA Seminar – Covington: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (October 19, 2016)

Libations and Legislation: “Louisiana and Federal Legislative Update for Entrepreneurs” (July 26, 2016)

BHBM 33rd Annual Estate Planning Seminar for Life Underwriters: “Federal & State Tax Law Updates” (May 18, 2016)

The Landing Zone NOLA / VetLaunch Cohort Meeting: “The Internal Deal: Key Provisions in Operating Agreements” (April 5, 2016)

Society of Financial Service Professionals New Orleans Chapter Sections Day Seminar: “Business Succession Planning” (March 2, 2016)

BHBM 32nd Annual CPA Seminar – New Orleans: “Estate Planning Case Study & Panel Discussion” (November 17, 2015)

BHBM 32nd Annual CPA Seminar – Covington: “Estate Planning Case Study & Panel Discussion” (October 28, 2015)


I’ll Believe It When I “C” It: Rethinking 501(c)(3)’s Prohibition on Politicking, 86 TUL. L. REV. 493 (2011)

In the Community

New Orleans Estate Planning Council
· Associate Member (2017-present)

New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA)
· Economic Development Ambassador (2017)

Association of Employee Benefit Planners

Travelers Aid Society of Greater New Orleans
· Board Member (2015-present)

· Trusts & Estates Steering Committee

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Louisiana, 2013

Texas, 2012


Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2012, summa cum laude
· Tulane Law Review

University of Oxford, B.A. Honors, English Language & Literature, 2007
· Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Student



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