Miami, FL – Bilzin Sumberg is pleased to announce that Jennifer J. Wioncek, Practice Group Leader for Tax & Private Wealth, has been awarded The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ globally competitive Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession.
An international professional association for practitioners specializing in inheritance and succession planning, The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is one of the most prestigious industry organizations for estate planning in the world. As the recipient of the Geoffrey Shindler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession, Jennifer was honored for her contribution to the wider private client advisor community and the public for 2021-2022 - most notably for her being a leading voice among practitioners in IRS comment projects related to the recently enacted US Corporate Transparency Act - which drastically reshapes the way in which many businesses and organizations are required to report to the federal government regarding their structure and beneficial owners.
The award cements Jennifer’s wide recognition as a highly experienced tax attorney with extensive expertise in handling the tax and succession planning needs of high net worth clients for domestic and cross-border families. Her broad practice covers international and domestic tax and estate planning issues, pre-immigration tax planning, expatriation tax planning, private trust company structuring, cross-border estate administration, tax structuring for real estate funds with foreign investors, and other tax structuring for investment into the United States, and the acquisition, maintenance, and sale of U.S. real estate by foreigners.
In addition to her membership in STEP and her role as current Director of its Miami Branch, Jennifer is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”), a professional organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers who have demonstrated the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors. Passionate about education, Jennifer is also a long-time adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law Tax LL.M. program, where she teaches multiple classes in the area of trusts and estates.
STEP is the global professional association for practitioners who specialize in family inheritance and succession planning. STEP works to improve public understanding of the issues families face in this area and promotes education and high professional standards among its members. Full STEP members, known as TEPs, are internationally recognized as experts in their field, with proven qualifications and experience. The STEP Private Client Awards are seen as the hallmark of quality within the private client industry. Open globally to both STEP members and non-members, these prestigious Awards recognize and celebrate excellence among private client solicitors, lawyers, accountants, barristers, bankers, trust managers and financial advisors.
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Bilzin Sumberg counsels clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm's growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg stands at the center of virtually every major transaction shaping Florida and is at the forefront of the state’s most pressing economic issues – from infrastructure, transit and mobility, to affordability and the diversification of the state’s economy. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, construction, corporate and securities, finance, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and private wealth planning, antitrust, business litigation, and public-private partnerships. For more information, please visit bilzin.com.