Hester Honored for Fourth Time as Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year


August 28, 2019

Taylor Porter Partner Mary Hester has been named for the fourth time as "Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge by Best Lawyers in America® (2012, 2016, 2018, 2020). Hester is one of eight Taylor Porter attorneys to receive Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” recognition, which is awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one attorney is recognized as the “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.

Hester has been included in the Louisiana Super Lawyers list of the "Top 25 Women Attorneys in Louisiana," and she has been listed in Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers since 2008.

Practicing law since 1994, Hester's broad experience includes estate planning and administration; federal estate and gift taxation; trust law; making charitable gifts through charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, private foundations, supporting organizations, or private operating foundations; and counseling nonprofit organizations.

Hester is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel as well as a Louisiana Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist. She currently serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute Council's Successions and Donations Committee, and formerly served on the Council's Conditional Charitable Donations Committee, the UPMIFA Committee, and the Charitable Trust Law Revision Subcommittee. She formerly served on the Estate Planning and Administration Law Advisory Commission for the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. Her professional memberships include the Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations and the Baton Rouge Estate and Business Planning Council. Ms. Hester is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and of the American Bar Foundation.

Hester serves on the Planning Committee for the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Annual Estate Planning Seminar.  Her civic affiliations include the LSU Foundation’s Planned Giving Professional Advisors Council, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation Professional Advisors Council, and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation Professional Advisors Council.

Before receiving her Juris Doctor, she was a freelance technical editor and writer with clients including the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and Louisiana State Geological Survey, various departments of Louisiana State University, and LSU Press.

Hester graduated from Jacksonville University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1976) and LSU (M.A., 1981, Phi Kappa Phi; J.D., 1994). 

 


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