Gail E. Cohen, Vice Chairman and General Trust Counsel, is responsible for overseeing Fiduciary Trust Company’s trust and estate services and client relationships. She has over 30 years of experience in the area of trusts and estates. Ms. Cohen is a member of Fiduciary Trust’s Board of Directors and a member of the Management and Operating Committees.
She also serves as Chairman of Fiduciary Trust International of the South. Ms. Cohen is short-listed by Family Wealth Management Report as the 2015 Leading Woman in Wealth Management. In 2010 and 2011, she was named one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth,” selected by AdvisorOne. She holds the Distinguished Accredited and Estate Planner® designation, has been elected into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame, and has been honored by the Trusts and Estates Lawyers Division of the UJA.
Before joining Fiduciary Trust in 1994, Ms. Cohen was a trusts and estates associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton. Previously, she was an associate at the law offices of Edward S. Schlesinger, P.C. Ms. Cohen is Immediate Past Chair of the New York Bankers Association, and sits on its investment committee. She has previously served as that Association’s first woman Chair, and as Vice Chair, and Treasurer. She currently sits on the Investment Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a former member of that Bar Association’s Committee on Estate and Gift Tax, which she chaired from 1998-2001.
Ms. Cohen is a member of the Board of Graham Windham, and serves on The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, the Hospital for Special Surgery Advisory Council, the New York Historical Society Professional Advisory Committee, and the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. She serves as an adjunct professor of law at Brooklyn Law School. Ms. Cohen received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School. She is admitted to the bar in New York and New Jersey.