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Leon H. Rittenberg III

Leon Rittenberg, III

Biography

Leon Rittenberg III is a New Orleans native. He attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied economics and graduated magna cum laude. He returned home to attend Tulane University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. Leon was a summer associate at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Will Garwood of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Leon joined the firm in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. His practice focuses on serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and their owners; including taxation, finance, estate planning, probate, real estate, mergers and acquisitions and related matters. Leon represents the interests of a number of oil service businesses, marine transportation companies and physician groups. He is a Board Certified Tax Specialist and Board Certified Estate Planning & Administration Specialist, as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He frequently lectures in areas such as taxation, estate planning and maritime transactions.

In 2017, Chambers USA recognized Leon in the Louisiana Corporate/M&A: Tax section. He has also been recognized in Louisiana Super Lawyer (Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Business/Corporate) and Best Lawyers in America (Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts & Estates) since 2007, and has been recognized by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for his work in Equipment Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Tax Law. New Orleans City Business selected him for their Leadership in Law class of 2014, which “identifies and honors 50 outstanding legal professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community.”

Leon is active in the New Orleans community, serving on the Boards and Executive Committees of numerous non-profit organizations. He was recently elected to the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization’s Tax Law Advisory Committee. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Presentations

WorkBoat Professional Series – New Orleans: “Recent Developments in Taxation” (November 30, 2017)

BHBM 34th Annual CPA Seminar – Metairie: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (November 8, 2017)

BHBM 34th Annual CPA Seminar – Covington: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (October 18, 2017)

National Business Institute: “Income and Estate Tax Essentials for Wills and Trusts” (September 14, 2017)

Strafford: “Private Foundations in Estate Planning: Structuring Tax-Efficient Charitable Legacies” (September 5, 2017)

BHBM Seminar for Trustees: “Recent Developments” (July 19, 2017)

BHBM Estate Planning Seminar for Life Underwriters: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (May 10, 2017)

Society of Financial Service Professionals Sections Day Seminar: “Passing on the Keys to the Family-Owned Business: The Dynamics” (March 22, 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)

National Business Institute (NBI): “Estate Planning from A to Z: Grantor Trusts” (September 15, 2016)

Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) Louisiana Tax Conference: “A Legal Perspective of the Louisiana Tax Updates” (May 20, 2016)

BHBM 33rd Annual Estate Planning Seminar for Life Underwriters: “Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts – Fixing Broken Trusts” (May 18, 2016)

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

WorkBoat Professional Series – New Orleans: “Planning for Acquisitions and Divestitures” (December 2, 2015)

BHBM 32nd Annual CPA Seminar – New Orleans: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (November 17, 2015)

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Taste of New Orleans Panel – “Post-Closing Transaction Issues” (November 4, 2015)

BHBM 32nd Annual CPA Seminar – Covington: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (October 28, 2015)

Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA) 4Q Membership Meeting: “Recent Changes in Louisiana Tax and Corporate Statutes” (September 30, 2015)

WorkBoat Strategic Leadership Development Program Webinar: “Tax Issues Regarding Marine Maintenance” (July 22, 2015)

BHBM 32nd Annual Life Insurance Seminar: “Federal & State Tax Law Updates” (May 14, 2015)

WorkBoat Maintenance & Repair Conference: “Tax Issues Regarding Marine Maintenance” (April 15, 2015)

Society of Financial Service Professionals New Orleans Chapter Sections Day Seminar: “Estate Planning After ATRA and Compliance Issues” (March 11, 2015)

WorkBoat Professional Series – New Orleans: “Financing Jones Act Vessel Assets” (December 4, 2014)

BHBM 31st Annual CPA Seminar – New Orleans: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (November 11, 2014)

BHBM 31st Annual CPA Seminar – Covington: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (October 28, 2014)

BHBM 31st Annual Life Insurance Seminar: “Federal Tax Law Updates” (May 14, 2014)

Society of Financial Service Professionals New Orleans Chapter Sections Day Seminar: “Business Succession Planning” (March 26, 2014)

In the Community

Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization Tax Law Advisory Commission
· Chair (2015)
· Vice Chair (2013-2014)
· Secretary (2012-2013)
· Member (2011-present)

Louisiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth
· President (2009)
· Board Member (2004-present)

Associated Neighborhood Development
· President (2009-2013)

Jewish Children’s Regional Service
· President (2013-2015)
· Third Vice President (2012)
· Board Member (2010-present)

Chabad at Tulane
· Advisory Board (2013-2015)

Congregation Gates of Prayer
· Board Member (2013-2016)

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (2016-present)

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
· Board Member (2013-2015)

Society of Financial Service Professionals
· Allied Professionals Committee (June 2002-present)

Planned Giving Committee of Tulane University
· Past Committee Member

Neighborhood Development Foundation
· Board Member (2002-2014)
· Secretary (2004-2011)

New Orleans Council for Community and Justice
· Past Board Member

Hillel Foundation of New Orleans
· Director (1999-2001)
· Past Executive Committee Member

Young Leadership Council
· Past Treasurer
· Past Board Member

Planned Giving Committee of Touro Infirmary
· Past Committee Member

Touro Synagogue
· Past Vice President
· Past Secretary and Treasurer
· Past Board Member

Contact Information

Leon H. Rittenberg III

504.585.7845
504.569.2099
leon3@bhbmlaw.com
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Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 1993

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeal, 1993

U.S. Tax Court, 1995

U.S. Supreme Court, 2002

Education

Tulane University, J.D., 1992, magna cum laude
·
Civil Studies Award winner
· Tulane Law Review
· Order of the Coif

University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Economics, 1989, magna cum laude

Certifications

Board Certified Estate Planning & Administration Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Board Certified Tax Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Awards



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