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Conrad Teitell is a Principal in Cummings & Lockwood's Private Clients Group and is based in the Stamford office. Through his law practice, lectures, publications, columns and congressional activities, Conrad strives to help charitable organizations receive and donors make taxwise charitable gifts that take into account their entire estate plan for themselves and their families. He is also frequently called upon to help clients patch-up plans that have gone awry.

He has been an adjunct law professor at the University of Miami School of Law (Graduate LL.M. program in Estate Planning) since 1980 and has lectured nationwide at over 800 programs sponsored by bar associations, estate planning councils, colleges, universities, law schools and other organizations.

Conrad was the on-air tax adviser for the PBS series On the Money, has done six PBS television specials on taxes and estate planning, and taught public speaking on a six-part PBS series. He has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Marketplace.


  • Private Clients Group
  • National Charitable Planning Group - Chair
  • Trusts and Estates


  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1968)
  • Columbia Law School (LL.B., 1957)
  • University of Michigan (A.B., 1954)


  • New York, 1958
  • District of Columbia, 1968
  • United States Supreme Court


  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association


  • American Law Institute/American Bar Association, Harrison Tweed Award for Special Merit in Continuing Legal Education
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Federal Tax Institute of New England's Outstanding Achievement Award
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1993 - Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Stamford, Connecticut Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, Distinguished Estate Planner
  • American Council on Gift Annuities, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, Distinguished Service Award
  • American College of Public Relations Association, Distinguished Service to Higher Education
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated


As a volunteer, he has testified for numerous charitable organizations at hearings held by the U.S. Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.


Conrad Teitell Comments on Recent Ruling of a Gift of an Undivided Interest in a CRUT

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last December, the IRS issued PLR 201249002, approving a couple's proposed contribution of an undivided income interest in their charitable remainder unitrust to charity, followed by a partial termination of the trust and distribution of a portion of the trust's corpus to the charity (see our earlier commentary). In this article from WealthManagement.com, Conrad Teitell, A.B., LL.B., LL.M. discusses this favorable ruling in detail, along with eight key questions and his answers.