Susan J. Burkenstock

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Susan Burkenstock handles a full range of Estate Planning and Administration, as well as trust documentation, estate tax audits, succession litigation and mediation. Her work in the area of Intellectual Property includes international trademark prosecution, as well as mark defense and enforcement, copyright infringement and trade secret litigation.

Susan also advises private developers in major real estate projects involving federal tax incentives for historic preservation, including certified historic rehabilitation, conservation contributions (facade easements), Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Low Income Housing Tax Credit and New Markets Tax Credit.

Susan is presently serving as Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Section on Trusts, Estates, Probate and Immovable Property Law. She is Board Certified in both Tax Law and in Estate Planning and Administration. Susan has been selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer each year since its inception.

Susan joined Elkins, PLC in 1999.

Areas of Focus

Courts Admitted

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


Success Stories

Carver Theater
Habitat for Humanity
Ritz Carlton
American Can
St. Louis Merchandise Mart
GM&O Terminal


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


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