Raymond M. Planell


Mr. Planell is a former member of the Firm’s Executive Committee, and former head of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group.  His practice includes trust, estate, and tax matters and isses related to the organization and governance of charitable entities and not-for-profit corporations, particularly cemetery corporations. 

Mr. Planell is a former Adjunct Professor at Pace University in Estate Planning and has been a frequent lecturer at bar associations, business groups and charitable organizations.


  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1983
  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1975
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Claims Court


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Westchester County Bar Association

Professional Recognition and Community Involvement

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV® Preeminent (5.0 out of 5)
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2011 to present
  • The Kensico Cemetery, Director, President and Counsel
  • New York State Association of Cemeteries, Director
  • St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, Director and Vice-Chairman
  • William & Sylvia Silberstein Foundation, Director