Susan J. Burkenstock

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• Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1982
• St. Mary's Dominican College, B.S. cum laude, 1979

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit
General Tax Matters
General Business and Corporate Matters
Intellectual Property

• Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist
• Board Certified Tax Specialist

• American Bar Association
• Louisiana State Bar Association
• New Orleans Bar Association
• New Orleans Estate Planning Council
• Chair of the Louisiana Bar Association, Section on Trusts, Estate, Probate and Immovable Property Law
• President of the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association

• All Louisiana State Courts
• U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
• U.S. Tax Court

About Susan Burkenstock
Susan Burkenstock was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1957. Ms. Burkenstock, whose focus is on estate planning and succession law matters, intellectual property, real estate development, and general business representation, joined Elkins, P.L.C. in 1999.

While at Loyola Law School, Ms. Burkenstock was an oralist on the J. Braxton Craven Moot Court team.

Her practice includes a full range of estate planning and trust documentation, as well as estate administration from probate through estate tax audit.

Ms. Burkenstock's experience in representing and advising private developers in major real estate projects includes the St. Louis Merchandise Mart, a residential and retail mixed-use project, and the redevelopment of the GM&O Terminal in Mobile, Alabama, for alternative commercial uses. Ms. Burkenstock was also involved in the development of the New Orleans Ritz-Carlton Hotel and several residential real estate developments in the Historic Warehouse District of New Orleans. These complex transactions have involved extensive work with federal tax incentives for historic preservation, including certified historic rehabilitation, conservation contributions (facade easements), and low-income housing tax credits.

Ms. Burkenstock's work in the area of intellectual property has included international trademark prosecution, as well as mark defense and enforcement. Ms. Burkenstock also has experience in copyright infringement and trade secret litigation.

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