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Terry Turnipseed

I enjoy estate planning because I know I am helping real people to get peace of mind. I think it God's work.

Terry Turnipseed

Terry Turnipseed


Terry brings a distinguished career in trust and estate planning to the firm’s estate practice group. As a director, his experience working with high-net-worth clients in developing and implementing sophisticated estate planning techniques adds to the bench of attorneys working with clients.  Terry is familiar with GRATs, CLATs, CRUTs, FLLCs, Conservation Easements, QPRTs, Dynasty Trusts, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, Buy-Sell Agreements, ILITs, International Estate Planning, Asset Protection including Offshore Trusts, Business Succession Planning, and IDGTs. He knows of complex domestic and international estate planning, including asset protection. 

Terry is a Professor of Law at the Syracuse University College of Law whose areas of instruction include estate planning, estate, and gift taxation, wills and trusts, and property.  A trained nuclear engineer, he formerly served as an advisor to the United States Department of Energy and the Nuclear Energy Institute.

After graduating with a law degree in nuclear regulatory law, Terry took an extra course in gift and estate tax at Georgetown and found his love for estate planning.  He proceeded to get his L.L. M in tax. Terry’s career included being an attorney at Deloitte & Touché national tax office in DC and was employed by Covington & Burley.  

Terry received his Juris Doctor and his LL.M in Taxation from Georgetown University School of Law, cum laude. He went to Mississippi State University as a Harry S. Truman Memorial Scholar receiving a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, summa cum laude. He received his M.S. in Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Terry loves teaching and has been doing so for the past 18 years.  In his free time, he enjoys sailing a large catamaran and taking friends on trips to various islands. 

Areas of Practice

•  Trust and Estates
•  Tax

Bar Admissions

• District of Columbia
• New York
• Nebraska


• Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia LL.M. in Taxation, 1998, Cum Laude
• Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia J.D., 1995
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts M.S., Technology & Policy, 1988; M.S., Nuclear Engineering, 1988, National Science Foundation Fellow (Note: MIT does not award honors.)
• Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi B.S., Nuclear Engineering, 1986, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Associations & Memberships

• District of Columbia Bar
• New York Bar
• Nebraska Bar
• American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (pending)
• American Association of Law Schools - Donative Transfers Section American Bar Association - Probate and Property Section
• District of Columbia Bar Association - Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Section
• New York State Bar Association – Trusts & Estates Law Section
• Nebraska State Bar Association – Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
•  Series 66 (SEC Investment Certification)
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