Our People

At GBGR, we strive to provide our clients the highest quality legal services while creating a work environment that honors, respects, and values our clients, colleagues, and community. We were founded by a select group of lawyers and experts who have practiced together for more than 20 years. The underpinning of our successful practice is a superb team of administrative professionals who enable us to provide a broad range of legal and non-legal advisory services. GBGR offers clients an appealing value proposition — a comprehensive array of client benefits at the highest level of quality, but reasonably priced and timely delivered. Our firm is AV-rated 4.9 (out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized in U.S. News and World Report’s and Woodward/White, Inc.’s Best Lawyers® for our work in Business Organizations, Trusts & Estates Law, and Tax Law.

Attorneys

Leslie C. Giordani
Partner

Leslie primarily represents high net worth individuals and family offices in a wide variety of legal matters. Her particular focus is domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Michael H. Ripp, Jr.
Partner

Michael represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures.

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Cindy L. Grossman
Partner

Cindy has a breadth of experience in corporate and partnership formation and operation, entity conversion and reorganization, business planning, business succession, and asset protection planning.

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Steven D. Baker
Partner

Mr. Baker advises on a wide variety of estate and business succession, charitable giving, and estate and trust administration matters.

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Lauren M. Fitte
Associate

Lauren focuses on the design, implementation and administration of domestic and international estate and business plans for GBGR’s clients.

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Jennifer E. Gayle
Associate

Jen’s practice focuses on the federal income, estate, and gift tax implications for clients utilizing complex estate planning, trust, and business strategies across multiple jurisdictions.

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Practice Professionals

Robert W. Chesner, Jr.
Finance & Insurance

Bob assists high net worth individuals and family offices in the design and implementation of domestic and offshore life insurance and annuity structures.

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J. Ross Buchholtz
Tax & Accounting

Ross draws upon his extensive experience as a senior certified public accountant to advise clients on a variety of income and transfer tax matters.

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Coordinators

Bruce S. Kentros
Trusts

Bruce's efforts are focused on complex structure administration and international estate and wealth protection planning.

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Amy D. Quiñones
Insurance & Administrator

Amy supports the design, implementation and administration of offshore and domestic life insurance structures.

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Carol S. Kohler
Corporate Matters

Carol supports the firm’s income and estate tax attorneys in the design and implementation of domestic and international entity structures.

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Chelsea D. Esquivel
Tax Matters

Chelsea’s primary responsibility is domestic and international tax compliance. In addition, Chelsea supports complex structure administration and charitable planning matters.

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Paralegals

David A. Giordani
Paralegal

David supports the firm’s domestic and international tax compliance practice as well as the firm’s private placement life insurance practice.

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Executive & Legal Assistants

Shannon L. Clifton
Executive Assistant

Shannon's primary responsibilities are to support Leslie Giordani, Bob Chesner, and Amy Quiñones; she also manages online presence.

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Heather J. Denham
Legal Assistant

Heather primarily supports Michael Ripp, Ross Buchholtz and Bruce Kentros, as well as firm training and other firm administration duties.

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Administration

Robert W. Chesner, Jr.
Chief Operating Officer

Bob oversees all of the operational, administrative, and financial functions of the firm.

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Amy D. Quiñones
Insurance & Administrator

Amy oversees all matters related to personnel, logistics, billing and bookkeeping, and financial planning.

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Alyssa N. Gault
Accounting Administrator

Alyssa administers accounts payable and receivable, maintains the firm's ledgers and provides client support.

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GBGR Alumni

Peggy A. Ugent
Tax & Accounting

Ms. Ugent retired as the firm’s Director of Tax and Accounting in April 2018, but she continues to share her extensive experience on an as-needed basis with the firm.

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