Laura Angel-Lalanne represents high-net-worth individual clients in the areas of estate planning and trust and estate administration, with an emphasis on charitable planning and the administration of trusts and estates with charitable interests. Laura creates sophisticated estate plans for clients, helping them to balance their sometimes competing objectives, particularly for clients who wish to achieve tax efficiencies, benefit family members and ensure a lasting philanthropic legacy. She also assists individual and corporate clients with the creation, administration and operation of private grantmaking foundations, private operating foundations and other philanthropic vehicles and advises both foundations and individual donors with respect to charitable grants and gifts and social impact investments, including negotiating and drafting agreements for complex grants and gifts to museums, universities and other charitable institutions. Additionally, Laura advises public charities, including educational institutions and many of the firm's pro bono clients, with respect to formation and recognition of tax-exempt status, board governance, best practice policies and procedures, endowment administration, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, planned giving and charitable programs.

Laura received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she co-chaired the HLS ArtsPanel, and received her B.A., with high honors in linguistics, from the University of Michigan. 

Publications

“RenTech’s Jim Simons Donates a Record $500 Million to Stony Brook,” Bloomberg, June 1, 2023 (quoted)

“Taxation of Tangible Personal Property,” Wealth Strategies Journal, June 2, 2020

“Charitable Giving in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis,” SRZ Memorandum, April 16, 2020

“Current Lifetime Estate Planning Opportunities in Light of Low Interest Rates and Depressed Market Conditions,” SRZ Memorandum, April 16, 2020

“The New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 and Its Impact on Private Foundations,” SRZ Client Alert, June 13, 2014

Speaking Engagements

Intentional Impact: Finding your seat at the philanthropic table,” J.P. Morgan Private Bank Emerging Family Leaders 2023, October 2023

Estate Planning, Schulte Private Capital Conversations, July 2023

“CaveART Emptor & Venditor: Strategies and Anecdotes from the Art Transaction Trenches,” Estate Planning Council of New York City's Estate Planners Day 2023, May 2023

“Life Imitates Art: Legal Issues Inspired by True Events,” Sotheby's, New York, October 2022

“Donations of Virtual Currencies - Legal Implications and Best Practices for Nonprofits,” NYC Bar Association Not-for-Profit Law Institute, New York, June 2022

“Planning for Your Family and Legacy,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, April 2021

Faculty, 54th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida, January 2020

“Passing Down Your Prized Possessions: How To Avoid Fights and Fees in Your Estate,” The New-York Historical Society, New York, March 2019

“Pitfalls of Charitable Giving,” NY State Society of CPAs Family Office Committee Meeting, New York, June 2018

“Charitable Planned Giving,” New York City Ballet Serenade Society, New York, September 2017

NY State Association of Independent Schools Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act Webinar, April 2011

Memberships

  • New York City Bar Association
    • Member, Committee on Non-Profit Organizations
  • New York Historical Society's Planned Giving Advisory Council
  • Only Make Believe
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors