Jessica Galligan Goldsmith

Jessica Galligan Goldsmith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in White Plains, NY

Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP
 | One North Broadway, 12th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-286-6370
Fax: 914-993-6013
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Closely Held Business (30%),
  • Tax: Business (20%)
Attorney Profile

Ms. Goldsmith is Co-Managing Partner and Chair of the Trusts and Estates department of Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP. Ms. Goldsmith is a Fellow in the American College and Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated attorney and a New York Metro Super Lawyer.  Ms. Goldsmith has been named as one of the top Women Attorneys in the NY Metro area and one of the top 25 attorneys in Westchester.

Ms. Goldsmith is admitted to the Bar in New York and Connecticut and also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court.

An active practitioner for more than 30 years, Ms. Goldsmith practices in the areas of estate and gift planning, estate administration, planning for closely held businesses, charitable planning and administration, and related private client services. Ms. Goldsmith works closely with clients to implement individualized and tax efficient gift and estate plans for the transfer of wealth, including business succession planning. She employs sophisticated estate and gift tax planning techniques, and strives to find creative solutions to address financial, tax and personal concerns in the context of each client’s individual needs.

Ms. Goldsmith is committed to providing every client with the highest quality of legal work as well as the highest level of personal service. Clients include high net worth individuals, real estate families, closely held businesses, fiduciaries and charitable organizations.  Ms. Goldsmith represents a large number of real estate professionals, and has co-authored two leading articles in Trusts & Estates Magazine regarding methods for deferring estate taxes for closely held business owners ("Saving the Store: Planning for Closely Held Business Owners" and "How to Administer a 6166 Estate"). 

Ms. Goldsmith is co-Chair of the Taxation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association.  She is also an affiliate member of the Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the New York City Bar Association.  Ms. Goldsmith frequently writes articles on new opportunities in estate planning, and has been quoted several times in The Wall Street Journal.  In addition, Ms. Goldsmith has been invited to speak on complex estate planning issues and business succession planning at programs sponsored by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Citrin Cooperman LLP and other organizations.

Prior to joining Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP, in 2010, Ms. Goldsmith worked at two major New York City law firms before joining a boutique trusts and estates practice in New York City and then founding her own law firm.

Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP, with offices in White Plains, NY and Manhattan, was founded in 1985 to provide superior, sophisticated and cost-effective legal services to a broad range of individuals and corporate clients. The firm’s size and multi-disciplined approach allows its lawyers to handle complex legal matters and provide a full range of legal services in various practice areas, including corporate, securities, litigation, real estate, art law, tax, elder law and trusts and estates.



About Jessica Goldsmith

Admitted: 1986, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • AV Rating, Martindale

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Metro New York Philanthropic Advisors Network and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts - Secretary, 1989-91, 1992-93, and Member, 1994, 2004-05, and 2010-2013) The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Estate and Gift Tax - Member, 2014-17 and auxiliary Member 2018-present.)
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Member 2014-2017)
  • Ms. Goldsmith is co-Chair of the Taxation Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association.  She is also a member of the prestigious Estate and Gift Tax Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
  • PRIOR EXPERIENCE: Goldsmith & Soloff LLP, 2004-2010, Founding Partner; Stein Shiers & Goldsmith LLP, 1993–2004, Founding Partner; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP 1991–1993; Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP 1985–1991.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Stonecrop Gardens - Board Member
  • Therepeutic Equestrian Center - Board Member, Treasurer
  • Westchester County Association - Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Contributing Author: "Corporate Counseling Monograph: Transfer of Wealth," (1990)
  • Substantial Contributor, Comments on the Proposed 2704 Regulations for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 2016

Educational Background:

  • 1982 - Bryn Mawr College A.B. Cum Laude; 1985 - Harvard Law School J.D.
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Office Location for Jessica Galligan Goldsmith

One North Broadway
12th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601

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Last Updated: 4/4/2019

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