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Cummings & Lockwood Welcomes Four New Associates to Its Private Clients Practice

April 11, 2024

Cummings & Lockwood is pleased to announce that four new Associates have joined the firm’s Private Clients Group.  “We are excited to have such talented attorneys join our trusts and estates practice,” noted Heather J. Rhoades, Chairman of the Private Clients Group.

Based in the Greenwich office, Amanda E. Carino brings with her several years of experience developing complex estate plans for high net worth individuals and families.  She advises clients on different planning structures and strategies, including revocable trusts, testamentary trusts, irrevocable trusts, asset protection trusts, trust decanting and planning mechanisms for non-U.S. residents.  She also provides general advice regarding a variety of trust and estate matters, including tax planning, generational estate planning, trustee requirements, beneficiary rights, and the impact of trusts in the context of divorce.  Amanda received her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law in 2015 and her B.A. cum laude, in Political Science from Marist College in 2012.  She is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York and Texas, and is a member of the Fairfield County Bar Association. 

Based in the West Hartford office, Frederick H. Reeder served as an FBI Special Agent for over 21 years investigating criminal and national security matters.  In addition, Frederick served as a JAG Officer in the United States Army Reserve (USAR) where he represented soldiers accused of misconduct, as well as prepared estate planning documents for deploying service members.  He has experience drafting a broad range of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills to protect his client’s assets and legacies.  He also assists clients with the estate and probate administration process.  Frederick received his L,L.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law from the Western New England School of Law, his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, and his B.S. in Criminology from the University of Southern Maine.  He is admitted to the Connecticut Bar.

Based in the Stamford office, Christina M. Rubino brings with her six years of trusts and estates legal experience working with high net worth and other individuals in estate planning, estate administration and trust administration, with particular emphasis on minimizing exposure to income, estate and generation-skipping taxes in order to preserve generational wealth.  Christina received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2018, and her B.S., cum laude, in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology, from Marist College in 2015.  Christina is admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York.  She is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and Fairfield County Bar Association.

“Based in the Palm Beach Gardens office, Karina N. Leon brings with her several years of trusts and estates legal experience.  Karina counsels high net worth clients on complex estate planning matters and focuses her practice on the implementation of tax-efficient estate plans and lifetime gifting techniques.  She also assists clients with judicial and non-judicial trust modifications.  In addition, she advises clients on all aspects of the Florida probate and trust administration process.  Karina received her J.D., cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law in 2021 and her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, in Criminology and Criminal Justice, from Florida State University in 2018.  She is admitted to practice law in Florida.”

About Cummings & Lockwood LLC

Founded in 1909, Cummings & Lockwood provides sophisticated legal representation to individuals and families, family offices, closely held businesses, other commercial enterprises and charitable entities.  The firm has over 200 attorneys, fiduciary accounts, paralegals and staff located in six offices, including Stamford, Greenwich and West Hartford, Connecticut, and Naples, Bonita Springs and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Our core services include trusts and estates, corporate and finance, litigation and arbitration, and commercial and residential real estate.  While many of our clients reside in Connecticut, New York and Florida, we have clients in nearly all 50 U.S. states and in over 20 countries around the world.

Private Clients Practice

Cummings & Lockwood has one of the largest and most respected trusts and estates practices in the United States.  For over 100 years, Cummings & Lockwood has been building meaningful and lasting relationships with our private clients, serving as trusted advisors throughout their lifetimes and providing sophisticated legal counsel at every important stage of their lives.

We offer our clients a broad range of services, including estate planning and administration; estate, income and gift tax planning; wealth protection planning; trust formation and management; philanthropic giving; probate and estate settlement; international estate and tax planning; executor and trustee services; business succession planning; trusts and estates litigation; and tax controversy and litigation.