The 2018 Speakers

Conrad Teitell

Attorney, Cummings & Lockwood, LLC
Six Landmark Square
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 327-1700

Practicing Lawyer & Professor of Law

Conrad Teitell is a principal in the Connecticut and Florida law firm of Cummings & Lockwood, based in the firm's Stamford office and chairs the firm’s National Charitabl Planning Group. He is an adjunct professor (Masters Graduate Program in Estate Planning) at the University of Miami School of Law. He holds an LL.B. from Columbia University Law School and an LL.M. from New York University Law School.


He has lectured nationally on taxes and estate planning for thousands of hours at programs sponsored by bar associations, estate planning councils, colleges, universities, law schools, community foundations, hospitals, museums, retirement communities, religious, health, social welfare and other organizations.


His publications on taxes, wills and estate planning have been read by millions—lay people and professional tax advisers. His many articles include columns in Trusts & Estates magazine and the New York Law Journal. He is the editor and publisher of Taxwise Giving, a monthly newsletter and is the author of the five-volume treatise, Philanthropy and Taxation. His column, Speaking and Writing, has appeared in the American Bar Association’s Journal and in TRIAL, the magazine of The American Association for Justice.

A Speaker's Speaker

Conrad Teitell founded and teaches the American Bar Association's (ALI/ABA’s) public speaking course. He also teaches public speaking to other professional advisers and laypeople. He teaches public speaking in a six-part PBS television series.

Television and Radio

Teitell was the on-air tax adviser for the PBS series ON THE MONEY produced by WGBH/Boston. He has done six PBS television specials on taxes and estate planning— two produced by WGBH/Boston, two produced by KVIE/Sacramento, one produced by WMHT/Schenectady and one produced by KCTS/Seattle. He is a commentator on National Public Radio’s Marketplace.

Legistlative Activities

Conrad Teitell has testified at hearings held by the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Judiciary Committee. Most recently, he was one of four invited witnesses to testify at the Senate Finance Committee on estate tax revision. The other invited witnesses were a businessman from Iowa, a rancher from South Dakota and the oracle from Omaha — Warren Buffett.


Conrad Teitell is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named the Stamford, Connecticut Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year by the publication. He is the subject of three lengthy interviews in U.S. News & World Report, is regularly quoted in such publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine. Profiled in Bloomberg Personal Finance as one of the nation’s lawyers who has reshaped estate planning by helping clients protect wealth, avoid taxes and benefit charities, he is also listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law. He has been awarded the designation “Distinguished Estate Planner” by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. Conrad is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is the recipient of the American Law Institute/American Bar Association's Harrison Tweed Award for Special Merit in Continuing Legal Education and the recipient of the Connecticut Bar Association — Federal Tax Institute of New England’s Outstanding Achievement Award. 

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