December 12, 2017
Taylor Porter Partner Mary Hester has been selected for the third time as "Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year in Baton Rouge" by Best Lawyers in America® in its 2018 rankings. The distinction 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 previously received this honor in 2012 and 2016.
Hester also has been previously recognized among the "Top 25 Women Attorneys in Louisiana" by Louisiana Super Lawyers. She has been listed in both Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers since 2008.
Hester joined Taylor Porter in 2006. Previously, she practiced with Liskow & Lewis (1998-2006) and Monroe & Lemann (1994-1998) in New Orleans. Her 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 and served on the Conditional Charitable Donations Committee, the UPMIFA Committee, and the Charitable Trust Law Revision Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Law Institute. 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. 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 Louisiana State University (M.A., 1981, Phi Kappa Phi; J.D., 1994).