Category: Announcements

GSRJ Says a Sad Goodbye to Jeanne Schulte

As we leave 2017 behind, it is with heavy hearts we have said goodbye to Administrator, Jeanne Schulte. Jeanne retired on December 31, 2017. Serving as the primary administrative manager, Jeanne kept the firm running like a well-oiled machine for 15+ years. We will truly miss her, and we wish her the best in all her future travels and adventures! Our very own Amy D. Quinones will be taking over Jeanne’s duties as Administrator, in addition to her current duties as Coordinator in the insurance group.

Hailey Bobella Promoted to Paralegal

In the wake of Sandra Bonham’s retirement earlier this year, Hailey Bobella has taken over as the paralegal for the estate planning department. She works primarily with Derry Swanger and Steven Baker to help clients create and maintain domestic estate planning structures and administer decedents’ estates. Ms. Bobella will also continue to act in her capacity as business development specialist, focusing on the firm’s business development, marketing, and branding efforts, and offering administrative support to Edgewater Consulting Group, Ltd.

Bob Chesner Featured at Tony Robbins Platinum Partnership

On Monday, February 20, Bob Chesner will have the distinct pleasure of once again presenting at Tony Robbins’ Platinum Partnership event. This year, the event will be held in Whistler, British Columbia at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Bob will be presenting on the power of private placement life insurance and creating unlimited tax-free retirement income. We’re thrilled that Bob will once again have the incredible opportunity to share his passion among such distinuished company.

GSRP transitions Kauzlarick, Bobella into new roles

As the beautiful autumn weather finally arrives in Austin, we are delighted to announce some exciting developments among our staff. Nina Kauzlarick, previously an administrative assistant, has become our new receptionist, and will now be the first point of contact for our clients. Hailey Bobella, who previously served in that role, has become the firm’s business development specialist, and will be primarily focused on expanding GSRP’s brand and cementing the firm’s reputation as a leader in its field.

We wish both of them the best of luck in their new positions and are excited to see what the future brings!


Bob Chesner Featured in Wall Street Journal

Bob Chesner, in his capacity as the firm’s COO, was featured in a Wall Street Journal article for his part in helping develop GSRP’s 401(k) plan. To see the article and read a bit about retirement plans and the art of stock picking, take a look here if you have a subscription to the Journal. Congratulations, Bob!

Leslie Giordani Honored by Austin Business Journal Luncheon

from l: Steven Baker, Tracy Anderson, Bob Chesner, Derry Swanger, Leslie Giordani, Peggy Ugent, Cindy Grossman, Shannon Clifton, Hailey Bobella and Michael Ripp.

On September 29, nearly a dozen members of the GSRP team attended the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power awards luncheon to celebrate Leslie Giordani, who was recognized by more than 600 attendees for her enduring good works within the Austin community. The prestigious annual award honors local “working women of distinction” in fields such as government, education, media and marketing, law, technology, healthcare, and nonprofits. Leslie was one of just 30 finalists selected by the ABJ, out of 108 nominees from across Central Texas.

A founding partner of GSRP, Leslie has been a leader and innovator both in her personal practice and in the life of our firm for more than 25 years. She is an internationally recognized expert in certain niche applications of the law, particularly complex and high-end estate planning, sophisticated worldwide asset protection, and the design and implementation of private placement life insurance, with clients who span the globe. Although her expertise no doubt influenced ABJ’s decision to name her a finalist, it is her uncompromising vision for the firm, for her clients, and for her colleagues that sets her apart.

Leslie is a compassionate and consummately professional attorney and friend, dedicated to creating a space at GSRP that values the needs of women and men, both in their work and in their personal lives. Her commitment to clients, whom she considers an extension of her family, and her focus on the career development and continued success of all members of the firm, mark her as a woman of distinction and power, and an invaluable member of the Austin community.

A profile on Leslie is featured on the ABJ website and in the print version of this week’s paper – pick up a copy and familiarize yourself with 30 of the most influential women in Austin!

Super Lawyers Includes Several Firm Partners on Latest List

We are happy to announce that Leslie Giordani, Derry Swanger and Michael Ripp have once again been selected to appear in the Texas Super Lawyers magazine, which recognizes the top 5% of lawyers in the state. An imprint of Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Welcome Baby Camille to the GSRP Family!

We’re excited to welcome sweet baby Camille Maya Quinones to the GSRP family! She was born August 5, weighing in at 6 lbs. 8 oz. We couldn’t be happier for her mom, our insurance matters coordinator Amy Quiñones—who says her little clan is adjusting well to being a family of four.

Whether she becomes a lawyer, a paralegal or follows her mom’s footsteps into insurance, we know Camille is destined for wonderful things. Welcome to the family!

photos: © Tracy Anderson

Leslie Giordani Named Finalist for ABJ’s 2016 Profiles in Power

The Austin Business Journal has recently released its list of finalists for the Profiles in Power awards, a local who’s who of accomplished female entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals. First-named partner Leslie Giordani, a superb firm leader and uniquely accomplished attorney with expertise in estate planning, tax, insurance, and more, has been included as one of fourteen finalists in the area of Professional Services.

We extend our congratulations to Leslie, and are thankful to the ABJ for recognizing in her the qualities that we so treasure at our firm. We can’t wait to attend the awards luncheon on September 29!