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Kleinbard Welcomes Jennifer L. Zegel and Brett W. Murphy to the Firm

Philadelphia, PA – August 2, 2018 – Kleinbard LLC is proud to announce that Jennifer L. Zegel has joined the Firm as Practice Leader of the Trusts and Estates Group and a partner in the Firm’s Business and Finance Department and that Brett W. Murphy has joined the Firm as an associate in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Trusts and Estates and Taxation Groups.

Jennifer Zegel focuses her practice on the representation of clients in the areas of trusts and estates, business law, real estate and employment law.  She handles a wide range of trusts and estates matters including the drafting of wills, trusts, special needs trusts, powers of attorney, and health care powers of attorney documents.  In addition, Jennifer assists clients in estate, trust, and guardianship administration matters, and regularly advises business owners on a variety of issues, with a focus on succession planning.  A significant portion of her trusts and estates practice is devoted to asset preservation and distribution while minimizing potential tax liability on asset transfers.

Zegel has a special focus in estate planning and the estate administration of digital assets, which is becoming a fast growing and increasingly complex area.

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Zegel was a partner in Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Estates & Trusts Group and Corporate Services Department.  She received her LL.M. in Taxation from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.  Zegel is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject of trusts and estates and business succession planning.

Brett Murphy is an associate in the Firm’s Business and Finance Department and is a member of the Trusts & Estates and Taxation Groups. He concentrates his practice in the area of business and wealth succession, with a focus on tax-efficient planning. Murphy provides services to family groups, private business owners and their businesses, and related non-profit organizations. He has significant experience advising Family Offices, and understands the complex wealth, governance, and succession planning issues they face.

Prior to joining Kleinbard, Murphy was a manager in Deloitte Tax’s Private Wealth Group.  He received his LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Michael Frattone, managing partner and head of lateral recruiting said “we are very proud that we continue to attract strong lateral candidates like Jen and Brett.  We remain committed to strategically growing our Firm and strengthening our practice leadership and service offerings.  Jen brings a wealth of experience to our Trusts and Estates Group and we look forward to her continuing to grow that practice and servicing our longstanding institutional clients.  Brett’s focus on business and succession planning coupled with his background in tax will be a strong addition to our Firm.”


For almost 80 years, Kleinbard attorneys have served as trusted advisors and advocates for clients to help them achieve their goals.  Kleinbard offers clients sophisticated legal representation that focuses on collaborating with the client to devise the best possible strategy for resolving their issue-whether by winning a dispute, closing a deal, or achieving legal compliance.  Kleinbard’s clients appreciate the firm’s approach to legal work – goals are defined, lines of communication are fostered, and matters aren’t overstaffed.  The Firm’s clients run the gamut from publicly-held multinationals and fourth generation family-owned businesses, to technology start-ups and high net worth individuals, to nonprofits and governmental agencies.  Kleinbard offers services in the areas of business and finance, employment, government relations, political law, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, taxation, and trusts and estates.  For more information please visit the firm’s website at www.kleinbard.com.