Our People

At GSRJ, we strive to provide our clients the highest quality legal services while creating a work environment that honors, respects, and values our clients, colleagues, and community. We were founded by a select group of lawyers and experts who have practiced together for more than 20 years. The underpinning of our successful practice is a superb team of administrative professionals who enable us to provide a broad range of legal and non-legal advisory services. GSRJ offers clients an appealing value proposition — a comprehensive array of client benefits at the highest level of quality, but reasonably priced and timely delivered. Our firm is AV-rated 4.9 (out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell.

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Attorneys

Leslie C. Giordani
Partner

Ms. Giordani primarily represents high net worth individuals and family offices in a wide variety of legal matters. Her particular focus is domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Derry W. Swanger
Partner

Mr. Swanger has extensive experience in assisting U.S. and non-U.S. clients with the design and implementation of traditional and more sophisticated estate planning and asset protection strategies.

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Michael H. Ripp, Jr.
Partner

Mr. Ripp represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Amy P. Jetel
Partner

Ms. Jetel is focused on the design, implementation, and administration of international trust and entity structures and assists clients around the country and around the world with estate planning and asset protection.

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Cindy L. Grossman
Partner

Ms. Grossman has a breadth of experience in corporate and partnership formation and operation, entity conversion and reorganization, business planning, business succession, and asset protection planning.

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Steven D. Baker
Counsel

Mr. Baker advises on a wide variety of estate and business succession, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration matters.

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Thomas M. Bounty
Of Counsel

Mr. Bounty utilizes his vast expertise as both an attorney and an insurance executive for certain insurance-related projects.

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Lauren Fitte
Associate

Ms. Fitte focuses on the design, implementation and administration of domestic and international estate and business plans for GSRJ’s clients.

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Directors

Robert W. Chesner, Jr.
Finance & Insurance Director

Mr. Chesner assists high net worth individuals and family offices in the design and implementation of domestic and offshore life insurance and annuity structures.

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Peggy A. Ugent
Tax & Accounting Director

Ms. Ugent uses her extensive expertise and experience in U.S tax matters to counsel firm attorneys on income and transfer tax considerations.

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Coordinators

Bruce S. Kentros
Trusts

Mr. Kentros’ efforts are focused on complex structure administration and international estate and wealth protection planning.

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Tracy A. Costello
Family Office

Ms. Costello’s primary responsibility is to facilitate the family office support provided by the firm.

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Amy D. Quiñones
Insurance

Ms. Quiñones is responsible for assisting in the design, implementation, and administration of offshore and domestic life insurance structures.

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Laura C. Bredeson
Tax

Ms. Bredeson’s primary responsibility is domestic and international tax compliance, and she is an integral contributor to one of the firm’s family office representations.

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Paralegals

Carol S. Kohler

Ms. Kohler supports the firm’s income and estate tax attorneys in the design and implementation of domestic and international entity structures.

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Hailey J. Bobella

Ms. Bobella supports the firm's estate planning attorneys in the creation and maintenance of clients' domestic estate planning structures.

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Legal Assistants

Shannon L. Clifton

Ms. Clifton's primary responsibilities are to support Leslie Giordani, Bob Chesner, Tom Bounty, and Amy Quiñones, and manage the firm's website and social media.

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Heather J. Denham

Ms. Denham supports Michael Ripp, Peggy Ugent, Bruce Kentros, and Laura Bredeson, and helps facilitate the firm’s training, CLE, and certification.

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Caral Morgan

Ms. Morgan supports Amy Jetel and assists clients in establishing their domestic estate planning structures and the administration of decedents’ estates.

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Administration

Robert W. Chesner, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Chesner oversees all of the operational, administrative, and financial functions of the firm.

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Jeanne Schulte
Administrator

Ms. Schulte oversees personnel, logistics, billing and bookkeeping, and financial planning.

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Alyssa N. Gault
Accounting Administrator

Ms. Gault administers accounts payable and receivable, maintains the firm's ledgers and provides client support.

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Nina M. Kauzlarick
Receptionist

Ms. Kauzlarick is the primary point of contact for clients and other visitors and provides general administrative support.

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