"Adam does terrific work, is easy to work with, and maintains the highest standards for ethics and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend Adam to anyone in need of fiduciary dispute resolution advice or representation."
Ben Pruett, Principal & Fiduciary Counsel at Bessemer Trust
Adam R. Gaslowitz
As a founding partner of Gaslowitz Frankel LLC, Adam Gaslowitz is a fiduciary litigator who specializes in representing individuals, executors, trustees, investors, shareholders, and financial institutions in complex fiduciary disputes involving wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, businesses, and securities. Mr. Gaslowitz’s approach to his practice is rooted in his belief that his clients need more than just an attorney; they need guidance in making both legal and practical decisions during a time of enormous emotional stress. To his clients, he is a counselor in every sense of the word, providing both expert legal advice and perspective on what really matters. Always keeping his clients’ best interests in mind, Mr. Gaslowitz is also an expert on mediation and alternative methods of resolving estate disputes.
Mr. Gaslowitz graduated summa cum laude from Emory University's Goizueta Business School, earning degrees in accounting and finance. After business school, he earned a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Mr. Gaslowitz has served as an expert commentator on CNN and the Layman’s Lawyer. He has given numerous seminars and lectures on estate litigation. As an active member of the community, Mr. Gaslowitz often lectures to groups such as AARP and serves on the Boards of several legal organizations, such as the Atlanta Probate Bar. He is proud to have been honored with many accolades, including being elected as a Fellow of ACTEC, attaining an “AV” Attorney Rating by Martindale Hubbell, and being recognized by Super Lawyers of Georgia annually since 2006.
Awards and Recognition
- Named one of the best lawyers in the US in Trusts and Estates Litigation in 2017 by the US News and World Report
- Adam Gaslowitz is one of 10 Atlanta Lawyers to be recently appointed to American Bar Association committees.
- Adam will join the Legal Opportunity Scholarship fundraising committee.
- Received a Band 2 ranking from The Chambers high net worth guide
- Recognized with the second annual Distinguished Service Award by the Atlanta Fiduciary Bar, 2013.
- Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 2001. Currently serves on the Fiduciary Litigation Committee and Business Planning Committee.
- Selected by peers for inclusion to Georgia Super Lawyers from 2006-2017.
- Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers in 2012, 2013 and 2014
- Named the Best Lawyers® 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" in Atlanta for Litigation - Trusts and Estates .
- Selected by peers for inclusion in 2009 through 2015 Editions of Best Lawyers In America.
- Voted by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the Guide to the World’s Leading Trust & Estate Practitioners, 2011 and 2012
- AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell since 1992.
Bar Admissions and Board Memberships
- Georgia, 1984
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Supreme Court of Georgia
- Elected Fellow of ACTEC (The American College of Trust and Counsel)
- Member of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee
- Georgia Bar Association
- Past Chairman of the Fiduciary Law Section.
- Chair of the Georgia Trust Code Revision Steering Committee
- Program Chair, Annual “Fiduciary Law Institute,” July 2007.
- Program Chair, Annual “Estate Planning Institute,” February 2006.
- Program Chair, Annual “Basic Fiduciary Practice Institute” 2002, 2003, 2004.
- Member of the Fiduciary Legislation Committee.
- Member of the Probate Court Liaison Committee.
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Estate Planning & Probate Section
- Past Chairman of the Section, Member of the Board of Directors.
- Past member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bar Association.
- Estate Planning & Probate Section
- American Bar Association
- Member of the Probate/Trust Committee on Estate Litigation.
Member of the Probate/Trust Committee on Attorney Malpractice.
Member of the Litigation Section Committee on Probate Litigation.
- Member of the Probate/Trust Committee on Estate Litigation.
- Estate Planning Counsel
- Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Estate Planning Counsel.
- Accredited Estate Planner Designation.
- The Community Foundation of Atlanta
- Planned Giving Advisory Board
- The Emory University Planned Giving Board of Trustees
- Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Gift Planning Advisory Council
- Member of the Atlanta Jewish Foundation Advisory Board
- Member of the Philanthropic Advisors Leadership Institute
- Past Member of the Arbitration Panel of the American Arbitration Association.
- Past Instructor in University of Michigan Law School’s Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy Program.
The University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor, 1984
Emory University, B.B.A. Summa Cum Laude, 1981
Professional Speaking Engagements
Frequent lecturer in the fields of estate and fiduciary litigation, estate dispute resolution and fiduciary law, including the following:
- “Ethics and conflict avoidance…” 2nd Annual Southeastern Family Office Forum, September 2012
- “Mediation: Tips and trick…” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s 2012 Annual Fiduciary Law Institute, July 2012
- “Will Contest, Probate, and Fiduciary Litigation Trends” ALI-ABA Advanced Estate Planning Techniques, March 24-25, 2011, San Francisco, CA
- “If Only I had Used a Corporate Fiduciary,” SunTrust Banks, Inc. Lunch and Learn, Atlanta, GA, January, 2010.
- “Cautionary Tales from the Dark Side: Lessons Learned in Fiduciary Litigation,” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Atlanta, GA, February, 2009.
- “Creating a Charitable Estate Plan Without Creating an Estate Dispute: Lessons from the Litigation Front-lines,” Georgia Planned Giving Council, Atlanta, GA, August, 2008.
- “Most Common Pitfalls Leading to Litigation in Transferring Family Wealth and Values, Estate Planning, and Post-Mortem Estate Planning,” Atlanta Estate Planning Council, Atlanta, GA, May, 2008.
- “The Proposed Uniform Trust Code in Georgia,” Annual Estate Planning Institute, Athens, GA, February, 2008.
- “Application of the Civil Practice Act to Georgia Probate Courts,” Council of Probate Court Judges, Atlanta, GA, January, 2008.
- “Investment Responsibility and Current Status of the Law on Duty to Diversify,” ACTEC Southern Regional Meeting, Hilton Head, S.C., Nov 2006.
- “Litigation of Estates, Trusts and Guardianships in Georgia,” Lorman Educational Services, January, 2006.
- “Heading off Estate Disputes: Recognizing the Warning Signs,” North Georgia Estate Planning Counsel, March 2005.
- “Minimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach to Estate Planning,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s Basic Fiduciary Practice Institute, December 2004 and December 2005.
- “Mediating Estate Disputes,” Atlanta Bar Association/Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Breakfast, September 2004.
- “Will Contests: Wealth Transfer Without Bloodshed,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s 2004 Annual Fiduciary Law Institute, July 2004.
- “Minimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach to Estate Planning,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s Basic Fiduciary Practice Institute, March 2003 and December 2003.
- “Mediation in Probate Court Matters,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s 48th Annual Estate Planning Institute, February 2003.
- “Minimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach to Estate Planning,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s Basic Fiduciary Practice Institute, March 2002.
- “Planning to Minimize the Risk of Estate Disputes: Notes From the Field,” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s 47th Annual Estate Planning Institute, February 2002.
- “Planning to Avoid Estate Disputes: Postcards From the Battlefield,” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, December 2001.
- “Contested Estates and Tortious Interference With Expectation of Inheritance” Atlanta Bar Association, Elder Law Committee’s second annual CLE seminar: “Elder Law Forum” October 1999.
- “Tortious Interference With Expectancy: General Observations on the Future of Estate Litigation” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning Section Breakfast, August 1999.
- “Tortious Interference with Inheritance: The Final Frontier in Estate Litigation?” Georgia Bar Association/Fiduciary Law Section’s 1999 Annual Fiduciary Law Institute, July 1999.
- “Georgia Probate: Beyond the Basics--Handling Litigation Issues in Probate.” National Business Institute, April 1999.
- “Estate Administration and Estate Dispute Avoidance in Estate Planning,” Seniors Enriched Living, May 1998.
- “Estate Dispute Avoidance in Estate Planning,” Atlanta Uptown Kiwanis Club, April 1998.
- “Minimizing the Risk of Estate Disputes in The Planning Stage: a Proactive Approach,” Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, February 1998.
- “Preventing Estate Litigation and Related Planning Issues,” Georgia Bar Association’s 1997 Annual Fiduciary Law Institute, July, 1997.
- “Recognizing and Preventing Estate Disputes,” Geller Financial Group, 1994.
- “Estate Planning and Living Trusts,” Rabun County Bank, 1994.
- “Basic Issues in Estate Planning,” Bell South Employees Southeastern Regional Meeting, 1992.
- “Estate Planning and Living Trusts,” Series of lectures to members of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 1992.
- 1989-1992 Numerous Lectures to Retirement Organizations, Insurance Agency Clientele and Accounting Firms on Estate and Trust Issues for the Elderly.”
- “Planning for Peace: Avoiding Estate Disputes”
Atlanta Attorney at Law Magazine, (co-authored with Trevor E. Brice), September 2016
- “A Trustee’s Duty to Diversify”
ACTEC Regional Seminar, Hilton Head, S.C., November 2006
- “Protect Your Inheritance From ‘Good Samaritans”
Bottom Line Personal, April 1, 2005
- “How to Keep Your Family From Fighting Over Your Money”
Bottom Line Personal, March 1, 2005
- “Mediation: Nipping Estate Disputes in the Bud”
American Bar Association, October, 2004
- “The Ugly Trustee: Choosing the Best Executors and Trustees to Avoid Future Headaches”
North Fulton Living Magazine and Cobb Living Magazine, March, 2004
- “Save Your Family From an Ugly Estate Dispute: Advance Planning is the Key?”
North Fulton Living Magazine and Cobb Living Magazine, January, 2004
- “The Looming Crisis in Estate Disputes: Beware the Title Wave”
North Fulton Living Magazine and Cobb Living Magazine, November, 2003
- “Tortious Interference With Expectancy: General Observations on the Future of Estate Litigation?”
Atlanta Bar Association, Estate Planning Section, August, 1999
- “Tortious Interference With Inheritance: The Final Frontier in Estate Litigation?”
Georgia Bar Association, Annual Fiduciary Law Institute, July, 1999
- “An Ounce of Prevention. . .The Ugly PR”
A Regular Section for Mortmain, #2, Summer, 1999
- “An Ounce of Prevention….The Will Execution Ceremony”
A Regular Column for Mortmain, #1, Spring, 1999
- “Handling Litigation Issues in Probate”
National Business Institute, April, 1999
- “Minimizing the Risk of Estate Dispute at the Planning Stage”
Atlanta Bar Association, February, 1998
- “The Looming Crisis in Estate Disputes: Beware the Title Wave”
Adam Gaslowitz is frequently called upon as an expert commentator on matters involving estate, trust and fiduciary litigation, estate dispute resolution and, fiduciary law.
- Expert Commentator on CNNfn’s Your Money Broadcast on Mediating and Resolving Estate Disputes, July 2003.
- Expert Commentator on The Layman’s Lawyer, a Weekly PBS Television Talk Show Addressing Legal Topics of General Interest to the Public: Broadcast on Estate Planning Pitfalls and Avoiding Estate Litigation, March 2003.
- Expert Commentator on CNN Newsstand: Fortune Magazine Broadcast on Estate and Trust Planning and Pitfalls, June 1999.
- Interviewed for numerous articles on the issues of avoiding and resolving estate disputes, including articles appearing in:
- New York Times
- Time Magazine
- U.S. News and World Report
- Atlanta Business Chronicle
- Atlanta Journal & Constitution
- Trust and Estate Magazine
- Money Magazine
- Fortune Magazine
- Smart Money Magazine
- Bottom Line-Personal.
- Voted by peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America.
- Voted by peers as one of Georgia’s top 100 Lawyers.
- Voted by peers as an Atlanta Super Lawyer.
- Voted by in-house counsel and peers to appear in the 2011, 2012, 2013 Guide to the World’s Leading Trust & Estate Practitioners as one of the pre-eminent trust & estate practitioners in the world
Attorney/Owner at The Law Offices of Craig D. Miller, LLC
Adam is a strong, experienced and dedicated advocate for his clients. He brings intelligence and integrity to every task and relationship, and has been successful at achieving the goals of his clients for a long time.
Independent Investment Management Professional
Adam was able to deftly extricate me from a particularly difficult and deeply embarrassing personal problem involving an estate matter for which I will be forever grateful.
Adam is competent, capable, and intelligent. He is an excellent lawyer and highly regarded by his peers, especially in the area of estate cases and disputes. He and his firm have an excellent reputation for representing their clients in very difficult cases.
American Surety Bonds Agency, Managing Member, Senior Underwriter
Adam's firm has been well respected within the Fiduciary section of the law. It has been a pleasure working with Adam and his associates, over the past 20 plus years of our business relationship. Adam Gaslowitz is a outstanding lawyer.
Owner, Web Writing Wizards, LLC
Adam is a superlative attorney; his expertise is unparalleled in his field and his integrity is unassailable. His in-depth knowledge and legal acumen both in and out of court is absolutely stellar. I have known Adam both personally and professionally for over two decades and recommend him unequivocally.
Owner at David Kurtzman, DDS
Adam puts quality and personalized service at the forefront. I have always felt that - as his client - I was protected and covered to the full extent of the law. Definitely NOT in the league of the "clinics" and chains.
Vivian M. Wright
President, Common Sense Solutions, Inc.
Adam exhibits the highest level of integrity, plays fair and is honest about cases, explains and manages realistic expectations. When needed, Adam is tough and aligns his actions with his convictions which is needed in many situations. I appreciate Adam's approach to his work which is focused and spot on.
Attorney at Troy A. Lanier, P.C.
Adam is one of the most knowlegable and experienced estate practice attorneys in the country, and I give him my highest recommendation. He has extensive experience in a number of high profile disputed estate cases, and he has the judgment to determine which matters should be resolved through litigation, and which should not.
Adam is competent, capable, and intellegent. He is an excellent lawyer and highly regarded by his peers, especially in the area of estate cases and disputes. He and his firm have an excellent reputation for representing their clients in very difficult cases.
Regional President at Wilmington Trust
I take tremendous pleasure in recommending Adam. I'm a fiduciary lawyer and I have known Adam very well, professionally and personally, for over twenty years. I have worked with Adam many times and there is no finer fiduciary litigation firm in the Southeast. Adam and everyone in his firm displays consummate integrity every step of the way - not only in their professional lives but in their personal lives. The entire legal community knows that if Adam and his associates decide to take a case, that case has serious merit and is one that should be litigated, and their firm's results over many years have proven that to be true. I have utmost confidence in recommending Adam and his firm to my closest friends, clients and associates. Always have and always will.
Sr. Vice President of Sales at LaSalle Investment Management
Adam has an insightful and exacting mind for his business. It was always a pleasure to work with and spend time learning from Adam's experiences in being one of the first, boutique Trust and Estate Litigation firms. His breadth of knowledge and relationships allow him to provide a level of service that is the standard bearer for all firms throughout the Southeast. As other practices have added more Trust and Estate Litigation, they use Adam's experience and practice as the example. The most telling thing about Adam's character as a person is his humbleness in success. He is willing to share his experience and knowledge, but never in a condescending way, mainly from an educational perspective. I had the opportunity to learn a lot from him as an ancillary benefit of him being a prospect and client. His work is highlighted as the best for a reason.
Loraine M. DiSalvo
I have had the pleasure of working with Adam on a number of different matters, including both client matters where my firm needed to bring in an expert trust and estate litigator and called on Adam to fill that role, as a mediator in a hotly contested matter relating to an estate, and on matters relating to the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar. Adam has also presented a number of continuing legal education presentations I have attended. I have come to know him as highly intelligent and experienced, reasonable, level-headed, diplomatic, and sharp as a fine sword in all of these arenas. His knowledge of trust and estate litigation is both deep and wide, and he has tremendous experience in those areas. He makes excellent arguments with perfect clarity. He's responsive and attentive, as well. In fact, I was part of the Estate Planning & Probate Section board who decided to present Adam with the Section's second Distinguished Service Award, because of the excellence of his legal skills and the graciousness and generosity with which he shares those skills and the benefits of his experience with his clients, his colleagues, and society.
Attorney, Morgan & DiSalvo, PC
Adam Gaslowitz is an exceptional Trusts & Estates Litigation attorney. I have known and personally worked with Adam on professional and client matters since the 1990's. While my firm and I are very good at resolving Estate and Trust disputes, some matters just cannot get resolved outside of a court process,either because of the type of dispute involved or the legal positions being taken by the apposing parties or their legal counsel. When we get to the point of determining that the matter is heading to court, either at the beginning of the process or later when the apposing counsel is taking hard and fast unreasonable positions, then we call in the T&E litigation experts. For many years, Adam, and his firm, Gaslowitz Frankel, have been the clear go to firm in Georgia to handle these types of matters. These are normally very emotional and difficult cases and Adam and his firm excel at this type of work. Adam and his firm have my highest recommendation!
I have known and worked with Adam for nearly twenty years. He is first person I recomend for fiduciary litigation. I say this because I know Adam to be competent, and I know, from thirty years of practice, that real competency requires study, experience, and good judgment. Adam has done the study, has obtained the experience though years of practice in and out of the courthouse, and posseses the judgment I would want, if I were his client. Because of all this, I stongly recommend him.
Mary Moore Bethea
Bonhams International Auctioneers & Appraisers
I’ve known Adam for over 5 years as a consummate professional and well respected fiduciary litigator. He is a leader in his field, extremely well thought of by his peers, intelligent, capable and caring. Adam is also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) which is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers who are elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate attorneys.
Gaslowitz Frankel is known as the go to firm in the Southeast for all areas of estate litigation. Adam has my highest recommendation.
Owner/Founder at Pets and Peeps Personal Assistant Services
I met Adam back in the 90's through a mutual friend that I was working with at the time. She assured me that he was great to work with and knew what he was talking about, so of course I wanted to meet him. Even though my request for services did not fall under Fiduciary law, he was willing to help me with my business issues. His integrity, thoughtfulness and knowledge has always made him my choice to work with. If you want a great experience dealing with an attorney that will take care of you and your family, go to Adam, he is the best!
Owner, Roger A. Kirschenbaum, PC
I have known Adam for many years as a fellow attorney. I have consulted with Adam and his partner Craig Frankel on an informal basis many times regarding issues in estate and trust planning, and fiduciary obligations. In 2012 I was in need of counsel regarding an estate for which I had been appointed as Administrator. Adam and the Gaslowitz Frankel firm was the choice to engage for my situation.
Adam is a strong advocate for his clients, and gives practical advice on the best way to solve issues.
Adam is very bright, impeccably honest, and a very good strategist.
The Litwin Law Firm, P.C.
Adam represented a family business in a matter against a taxing authority that I represented at the time. I found Adam to be straight-forward, up-front and transparent in his dealings with me and the taxing agency. He advocated strongly for the business he represented. I have been in private practice for 20 years, and I have given Adam's contact information to many folks needing advice on handling a complex estate dispute. Adam is reliable, smart and concise in his handling of cases and matters.
Senior Counsel at The Bowden Spratt Law Firm, LLC
Adam brings great expertise and knowledge to a matter and is very adept at providing not only the big picture but the details of how to get to the end result. He is a real advocate for his clients.
Senior Managing Shareholder - Baker Donelson & President American Bar Association
Adam and I were opposing counsel in a contentious case. He maintained professionalism, despite the situation. He worked hard to get his client a fair result. Adam's practice centers around disputes in families. This is a very difficult position for a lawyer, who must do justice and help a family maintain good relationships. Adam does this very well.
Senior Director Business Development
Was representing a family that was questioning the fiduciary and investment expertise of their current trustee. Adam, did a thorough review including requesting me to do a complete risk audit of the client's current investment statements. As a proactive advisor, Adam wanted my and BNY Mellon's perspective on where their were overlaps, redundancies, missing asset classes and hidden fees in the portfolio. This was above and beyond his scope of service for his client but it demonstrates Adam's attention to detail in looking at all aspects of a client's situation to secure the best outcome possible for them.
Partner at WatsonSpence, LLP
Adam has establisehd a strong reputation among members of the Bar of the State of Georgia as a very effective and aggressive estate and trust litigator, especially in representing beneficiaries and collective family interests. He has often spoken to professional groups and has written for professional journals on the evolving fiduciary obligations of Executors, Administrators, Guardians and Trustees in seeking to serve the often conflicting needs and interests of beneficiaries, heirs, wards and collective parties-in-interest.
Owner, Malow Mediation & Arbitration, Inc.
I served as a mediator on a probate matter that Adam handled. Adam is a master in his field. He is an excellent advocate. He earns his clients' trust and respect. I highly recommend Adam.
Owner at Fields Family Ventures
I met Adam when we were both involved in a year long educational program. Adam is bright, articulate, passionate, and cares deeply about achieving a just result for his clients and also in the world around him.
A few years later I consulted with Adam regarding a friend with a sticky estate issue. Once again, Adam showed himself to be knowledgable, passionate, and not afraid to deliver opinions that I did not necessarily want to hear.
Experienced Counsel for Growing Businesses
I've worked with Adam on the Atlanta Bar Association Managing Partner Committee. Adam is organized and detail oriented with a good strategic view of issues.
Marc Lewyn, CEO of Strategic Liquidity at GV
I have known Adam since we worked at the same law firm - he moved on to become one of the most well known and respected lawyers in his field. I admire Adam and what he has created.
Past Chair, ABA Family Law Section, Family Law Attorney, Media Contributor on Family Law Issues
Adam is an excellent Estate Litigation attorney and his firm is highly respected in this area and deservedly so. He is a tough litigator, but respected by his peers and the courts.
Attorney at Girardot & Associates, P.C.
I've know Adam Gaslowitz for several years and he has an excellent reputation as a litigator for real estate matters.
Baron J. Frankel, CPA/CFF, JD, CVA, CLU
Forensic accounting, internal investigations, damages & business valuation analysis, mediation & arbitration services
Adam and his firm are well respected in the Atlanta legal community. They are viewed as diligent in finding solutions and helping their clients receive results that make them better than otherwise anticipated. Adam's knowledge of the law is unsurpassed.
First Vice President at SunTrust Bank
I have known and observed Adam and Craig for many years, and I have found them to be knowledgeable, insightful and fair minded in their approach to handling fiduciary disputes.
President and Managing Partner
Adam is an exceptional attorney . I have known him for over 5 years and each time I talk too him, I am reminded of how smart, and creative he is. He personifies professionalism, and his depth character and knowledge are refreshing, for some one of his status in the community and professional accomplishments I would recommend him to anyone who is in need of his services.
Margo Geller, LCSW, CRC
Adam is an exceptional attorney and entrepreneur. I have known him for over 30 years and each time we meet, I am reminded of how smart, creative and caring he is. If you are looking for good sound advice and access to a great network of other talented and ethical professionals, I would recommend that you contact Adam.
Marketing and Management Consultant
I have consulted with Adam since 1992. Adam is among my most successful clients. He has risen from a solo practitioner to one of the prominent estate litigation firms in the Southeast. Adam's dedication and vision set him apart from his peers. He is a strong leader in the profession and among the most knowledgeable lawyers in his field, frequently going head to head against some of the largest national firms.
I give Adam and Gaslowitz Frankel my highest recommendation in the area of estate litigation.