Profiles in Membership
Phyllis M. Rubinstein
Phyllis’s introduction to the Section occurred at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York in 1986 where, as a new member, she was on a panel reviewing recent developments in the law. This was just one of many CLE programs Phyllis has participated in over the years. From that point, she became actively involved in Section activities. Phyllis’s most significant contribution to the Section has been the formation and development, and later service as chair, of the Diversity Committee, which has been instrumental in promoting Manny Halper’s Minority Outreach Project. The Diversity Committee has been successful in attracting women and minority lawyers and continues to foster their growth and advancement into leadership positions in the Section.
In addition to serving on numerous ethics panels, Phyllis served as chair of the Ethics Committee for many years and as the liaison to the ABA Ethics 2000 Commission. Another rewarding position was her service on the Publications Committee as managing editor of the Books and Media Committee, which has been a significant revenue producer for the Section. Currently, Phyllis serves as vice-chair of the Membership Committee, which develops innovative recruiting initiatives.
Phyllis is a shareholder at the national law firm of LeClairRyan, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Her practice focuses on representing developers and owners in the acquisition, financing, and leasing of commercial real estate projects, representing owners in the grant of conservation easements involving tax credits, and representing a major public utility in the acquisition of easements and fee properties. The networking opportunities provided by the Section have been invaluable to her practice. Section members have proven to be a significant resource, continually offering advice to help her clients with matters that involve the law of other jurisdictions. In addition, Section leadership led to her becoming a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
Phyllis is also devoted to community service and local bar activities. She is a past chair of the Richmond Business Council and is a member of the Professionalism Faculty of the Virginia State Bar.
Phyllis and her husband, Ron, live in Richmond, Virginia, not far from their oldest son, Josh, his wife, Beth, and their granddaughter, Allison. Phyllis and Ron have a younger son, Justin, who lives in Manhattan and works in real estate. In her leisure time, Phyllis enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Martin M. Shenkman
Marty Shenkman is an attorney in private practice in Paramus, New Jersey, and New York City. His practice concentrates solely on estate and tax planning and estate administration. Marty was included in Worth magazine’s top 100 attorneys in 2007 and received the Alfred C. Clapp Award from the New Jersey Bar Association.
A widely quoted expert on tax matters, Marty is a regular source for numerous financial and business publications. He has appeared as a tax expert on numerous television and cable television shows. He is a frequent guest on radio talk shows throughout the country and has a regular weekly radio show on Money Matters Financial Network . Marty has published 36 books and more than 700 articles.
Marty’s introduction to the Section came when he spoke on trust situs at an ABA program in Denver, Colorado, in October 2006. At that program Jo Ann Engelhardt, one of the Section’s Diversity Committee leaders, asked Marty to speak on the effect of religion on estate planning practice at the 2007 Section Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After the success of that presentation, Marty wholeheartedly became an active member of the Diversity Committee.
“The camaraderie at Section meetings and conferences has made them personally rewarding and enjoyable, not only for me but for my wife, Patti,” he says. “Most recently, finding myself on the Diversity Committee has led to new opportunities for challenge and hopefully contribution.” Marty adds further: “The mysterious ways by which one finds oneself suddenly on a project, committee, or preparing an article or speech for the ABA are like the magic of Hogwarts. But for the ABA to share its magic, you do not need to find Platform 9¾; just step forward. The rewards should be wonderful. They have been for me.”
Marty is an active member of the New York, New York City, New Jersey, Bergen County, and the Washington, D.C., Bar Associations and various accounting and financial planning organizations. He is active in numerous charitable organizations, sitting on many boards and planned giving committees, and lectures regularly for these and other organizations. Marty and his wife live in northern New Jersey and are the parents of three sons, Jonathan, David, and Daniel, and two stepsons, Lee and Neil.
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