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Madeline J. Rivlin focuses her practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, including will and trust drafting, wealth transfer tax and associated income tax planning, and implementing various estate planning strategies.


  • Intentionally defective grantor trusts
  • Family partnerships
  • Irrevocable life insurance trusts
  • Qualified personal residence trusts
  • Grantor-retained annuity trusts
  • Perpetual trusts
  • Marital trusts
  • Charitable remainder trusts
  • Charitable lead trusts



  • Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning and Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, 2000-Present
  • Consultant, Cloudlaw, PCB, 2013-2018
  • Associate, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 1985-2002


  • M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 2018
  • J.D., magna cum laude, Boston University School of Law, 1982
    • Member, Boston University Law Review
  • B.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1979
  • Hon. Edward F. Hennessy, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, 1982-1983
  • New York