Mary is a senior associate in the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and practices in the Trusts and Estates Group, where she assists individuals and families in the preservation and transfer of wealth and counsels them on establishing estate plans tailored to their needs and tax objectives. Mary also assists in the formation of tax-exempt organizations and counsels them on their administrative and day-to-day operations. Mary’s areas of concentration include estate planning, estate administration, trust administration, charitable giving, and tax-exempt organizations.

Probate & Property Magazine, July/August 2009, Volume 23, Number 4

Profiles in Membership

Mary P. O’ReillyMary P. O’Reilly

Mary’s full involvement with the RPTE Section began when Laura Twomey encouraged her to attend her first ABA Joint Taxation and Real Property, Probate and Trust Fall Meeting in 2005. There, Mary met Marc Beckerman, who introduced her around and encouraged her to get involved in the Section. Then she became the webmaster of the CLE Committee and a reporter for the eReport . Today, Mary serves as chair of the Committee on Non-Tax Issues Affecting the Administration of Estates and Trusts and is a member and webmaster of the CLE Committee. Her work with the Section, with its cutting-edge CLE courses and many networking events, has been invaluable to her professional development. The Section has afforded her great speaking opportunities, both at live Section programs and via ABA nationwide teleconferences and live audio webcasts on topics such as understanding retirement assets and ethical issues in estate administration.

Mary received her L.L.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law, her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law , and her B.A. from SUNY Binghamton. Mary is admitted to practice law in New York State and speaks Spanish fluently. She is also a member of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the New York Women’s Bar Association and the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Mary and her husband have a delightful son, Brian, who is almost two years old and already a veteran of Section events. In addition, they will welcome another delightful one to their family this September. Mary enjoys spending time with her family on Long Island, where she and her husband live, surrounded by their parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and great friends.

Eric M. MathisEric M. Mathis

Eric is an associate based in the Detroit office of Butzel Long and practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation. He concentrates his practice on litigation matters in both state and federal courts. His experience includes quiet title actions, nuisance and trespass cases, landlord - tenant cases, and other real estate litigation matters. He represents Tier 1 automotive suppliers and has been successful in obtaining temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions. He defends product liability cases and has extensive experience defending asbestos claims on a state and nationwide basis.

When Eric learned about the RPTE Fellows Program at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, it sparked his involvement in the Section. He attended his first Section Symposia in Seattle, Washington, where he met several attorneys in the program who encouraged him to apply.

Eric has spoken on various topics, including “Successful Cover Letter Writing , ” at the CLEO 2008 Mid-Summer Professional Development Seminar & Career Fair in Chicago, “Subprime Mortgage Meltdown—Turning Down the Heat,” at the Section’s Annual Spring Symposia in Washington, D.C., and “Electronic Discovery: Meet the New Rules,” at the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s 4th Annual Retreat in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Eric is Chair of the National Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and serves on the Board of Directors of the Wolverine Bar Association. He was named 2007 Barrister of the Year by the Barristers Board of Directors of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA Section of Litigation, a vice-chair of the RPTE Section’s Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, and a member of the Section’s Diversity Committee. He is also a member of the D. Augustus Straker Bar Association. In addition, Eric serves as president of his homeowners’ association.

Eric received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the bar in Michigan.

In Eric’s spare time, he likes to watch football and basketball. He loves stand-up comedy shows and has a penchant for travel. Eric likes cooking and eating, especially his grandmother’s creole dishes.

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