Theodore Kurz is Of Counsel to Debevoise and the former head of its Trusts & Estates Department. Mr. Kurz has extensive experience in tax and financial planning, estate and trust administration, representation of corporate fiduciaries and not-for-profit organizations, and litigation on behalf of both individual and corporate clients in state and federal courts.
Mr. Kurz was Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy, US Department of the Treasury from 1970 to 1972. He is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.
Mr. Kurz has published several works, including “The Private Foundation Provisions: The Purpose and Effect of Sections 4941, 4942, and 4943,” 31 N.Y.U. Institute on Federal Taxation and “Explanation and Analysis of Split‑Interest Gifts to Charity,” Report of the Commission on Private Philanthropy and Public Needs.
Mr. Kurz received his B.A. from Princeton in 1961 in Political Science and his J.D. from Yale in 1964. He was admitted to the New York bar in 1965 and is admitted to appear before various courts, including the US District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Tax Court. Mr. Kurz was an associate of Debevoise from 1965 to 1970 and from 1972 to 1973, and was a partner of the firm from 1974 to 2002.