Fiduciary Trust's Gail Cohen Elected a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

05.03.2016 - Gail E. Cohen

New York, May 3, 2016—Fiduciary Trust Company International, a leading wealth management firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc., today announced that Gail E. Cohen was recently elected a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). She is one of 184 attorneys in New York and 2,600 lawyers across the globe to have earned this distinguished honor.

ACTEC is a nonprofit association of attorneys and law professors who have been elected by their peers based on their reputation, skill, and significant contributions to the practice of trust and estate law. Traditionally, attorneys must have no less than 10 years of experience in the practice of probate and trust law or estate planning.

As chair and general trust counsel at Fiduciary Trust, Ms. Cohen is responsible for the firm’s trust and estate services, as well as client relationships in New York and across Fiduciary Trust's regional offices, including the Coral Gables and Boca Raton locations. She joined the firm in 1994 and has over 36 years of industry experience. Ms. Cohen is a member of Fiduciary Trust's Board of Directors and sits on the Management and Executive committees.

“I’m incredibly honored to be elected by my peers into such a prestigious organization as ACTEC,” said Ms. Cohen. “Throughout my career I’ve worked with, and learned from, some of the best and brightest trust and estate practitioners. I’m grateful to have access and to be able to draw on this network as I continue to help families grow and preserve their legacies and wealth across generations.”

Ms. Cohen currently sits on the Investment Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and she has co-chaired the Bar Association’s Committee on Estate and Gift Tax. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Graham Windham and The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at the Brooklyn Law School. Further accomplishments by Ms. Cohen include:

  • 2010 and 2011 - Named one of the “Top 50 Women in Wealth” by Wealth Manager Magazine
  • 2012 - Inducted into the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame
  • 2013 - Elected by her peers to serve as the chair of the New York Bankers Association (NYBA); the first woman to do so in the organization’s 120-year history
  • 2014 - Served as a faculty member of the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning and presented on the techniques and guidelines that help to determine actions under the 1997 Uniform Principal and Income Act


Established in 1949, ACTEC is a nonprofit association of lawyers and law professors skilled and experienced in the preparation of wills and trusts; estate planning; and probate procedure and administration of trusts and estates of decedents, minors and incompetents. Its more than 2,600 members or "Fellows" practice throughout the United States, Canada and other foreign countries.

Candidates for election to the College must meet rigorous eligibility criteria including, but not limited to, no less than 10 years experience in the practice of probate and trust law or estate planning.

About Fiduciary Trust

Fiduciary Trust Company International, a global investment management firm, has served individuals, families, endowments and foundations since 1931. With over $75 billion in assets under administration and management as of December 31, 2015, the firm specializes in strategic wealth planning, investment management and trust and estate services, as well as tax and custody services. The firm and its subsidiaries maintain offices in New York, Coral Gables, FL, Boca Raton, FL, St. Petersburg, FL, Los Angeles, San Mateo, CA, Washington, D.C., Wilmington, DE, and London. For more information please visit

About Franklin Resources

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 180 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company's more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in 35 countries, the California-based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over $742 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2016. For more information, please visit


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