Harry W. Drozdowski
Harold W. Drozdowski, Jr., is an associate in AFRCT’s Trusts and Estates department.
Harry earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School, where he was a winner of the Williston Negotiation Competition and featured in the mass-market paperback 55 Successful Harvard Law School Essays.
Prior to law school, Harry graduated from Purdue University as the Outstanding Senior in Sociology and delivered the class commencement address. His Bachelor of Arts degrees – both with Highest Distinction – are in Psychology and Law & Society. In 2013, Purdue recognized Harry as one of few Liberal Arts Influentials.
Harry’s practice focuses on comprehensive estate planning for high net worth families and the representation of fiduciaries in probate and trust matters. Harry has generated plans and transactions resulting in millions of dollars of tax savings for multiple generations of families, and has guided executors and trustees through the complexities of post-death administration.
Harry also advises individuals and tax-exempt clients regarding the drafting and administration of charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, annuity agreements, residential remainder agreements, and other philanthropic transfer devices.
Harry has been quoted in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Los Angeles Daily Journal to Nonprofit World on topics including Ronald Reagan’s blood and Tupac’s ghost.
He served on the executive board of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and twice moderated and lectured the Pasadena Rules of Trust Administration Seminar.
Prior to his life as an attorney, Harry held a Top Secret security clearance, traveled with a musical theatre company through eastern Europe, and engaged in a vicious mock axe fight with Justice Kagan whilst clad as a gladiator in front of an audience.
Harry is a member of American Mensa, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and lives with his fiancé and their cats.
Helped a large multinational nonprofit preserve favorable tax treatment for California thrift stores, resulting in several hundred thousand dollars in annual savings
Implemented a lifetime multi-generational wealth transfer plan resulting in approximately 5 million dollars of transfer tax savings
Modified several irrevocable trusts on behalf of top educational institutions, resulting in millions of dollars of restricted assets becoming available for general use
Successfully argued several dozen extraordinary and unusual petitions before Probate Courts from Santa Monica to San Jose
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