Richard Rothberg, Senior Counsel

Richard S. Rothberg is a senior counsel in the Estate Planning and Personal Representation practice at Cooley LLP, and is resident in the New York office. He co-heads the Firm's New York Personal Representation and Tax Planning practice. Mr. Rothberg joined Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman LLP in 1990, which was merged into Cooley Godward Kronish LLP in 2006.  

Mr. Rothberg has practiced in the areas of trusts and estates for more than 35 years. His practice includes personal wealth transfer planning; estate and trust administration; estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning; fiduciary income tax issues; estate and gift tax dispute resolution; wealth transfer litigation; charitable planning; and marital planning including legal and financial planning in the context of marriage and the marriages of children and other family members and the preparation and negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Mr. Rothberg received his J.D. in 1967 from Harvard Law School, cum laude.  He attended Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, receiving his B.A. with distinction in 1964.   He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Mr. Rothberg is a former Chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section, New York State Bar Association, and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He has been recognized by New York Magazine as one of the New York City area's "Best Lawyers" in the field of Trusts and Estates, including "Lawyer of the Year in 2013," and has been named to the "Super Lawyers of New York." He has written and lectured extensively on topics related to gift and estate taxation, including contributions to legal and tax journals on the subjects of federal and state estate taxes, retirement plan benefits, S Corporations and the valuation of family businesses. 

Mr. Rothberg is admitted to practice before the Bar of Indiana and the Bar of New York State. 


  • Harvard Law School
    JD, 1967, cum laude
  • Northwestern University
    BA, 1964, with distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • New York


  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
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