Attorney Profile

Joanne R. Sternlieb

Joanne SternliebFirm founder Joanne Sternlieb advises clients on estate planning and trust and estate administration. She has extensive experience representing high net worth individuals, as well as those individuals with less significant wealth. Joanne is accustomed to dealing with the sometimes contentious issues that arise and need to be settled through negotiation or in Surrogate's Court.

Before starting her own practice in 2002, Joanne spent over ten years at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the Personal Planning (Trusts & Estates) Department. As an associate, and then Counsel, in the Personal Planning Department at Simpson Thacher, Joanne advised clients on all aspects of estate planning including gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, charitable giving techniques, and the administration of trusts and estates. In 1999 she moved from Simpson Thacher to Neuberger Berman Trust Company, N.A. (now Lehman Brothers Trust Company, N.A.) as a Vice President and Senior Estate Planner. At Neuberger Berman, Joanne continued to advise clients on all aspects of estate planning.

Joanne is a past member of the Committee on Estate and Gift Taxation of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Joanne participated as a lecturer at an American Law Institute-American Bar Association basic Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning program and a New York State Bar Association program on Practical Skills - Estate Planning and Will Drafting.

She graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College and then received her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1987. Joanne is married to Michael Cohn and has two daughters, Michelle and Sarah.