Max Nathan, Jr.
Senior Partner

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Direct: 504-582-1502
Main: 504-582-1500
Fax: 504-582-1555

Max Nathan, Jr. practices primarily in the fields of estate planning, taxation and general civil law. He was president of the Louisiana Law Institute from 1998 through 2001, and is now the Chairman. The Institute is the official advisory law-revision commission, law-reform agency, and legal-research agency of the State of Louisiana. As a long-time member of the Law Institute’s Council, he is a principal author of the current Louisiana legislation on partnership, successions, donations, and wills. With partner Carole Cukell Neff, he wrote the three-volume treatise, Louisiana Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration (Lexis Law Publishing, 2d ed.). He is a member of the International Academy of Trusts & Estates and the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and former president of the New Orleans Estate Planning Council. He served as chairman of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State of Louisiana for six years, and was instrumental in implementing continuing legal education in Louisiana. He has been consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in various Who’s Who publications. He is a board-certified specialist in taxation and estate planning and administration.

Mr. Nathan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Northwestern University. He graduated with honors from Tulane Law School where he was a member of the Tulane Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Nathan is a full professor at Tulane Law School, where he has taught on the adjunct faculty for 44 years, and has prepared his own coursebook on Louisiana secured transactions. Also, for the last forty years he has taught major portions of the annual bar review course for recent law school graduates.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Taxation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Litigation Services
  • General Civil Law
  • Business & Corporate
  • Elder Law and Special Needs Planning
  • Estate Administration

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Taxation and Estate Planning and Administration, Board-Certified

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1960
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: Order of the Coif, Member
    • Law Review: Tulane Law Review, Member
  • Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Universite de Geneve, Faculte de Droit, Geneve, Switzerland
    • Fellowship
  • Northwestern University
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • Principal author, current Louisiana legislation on partnership, successions, donations, and wills
  • Wrote (with partner Carole Cukell Neff) the three-volume treatise, Louisiana Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration (Lexis Law Publishing, 2d ed.)
  • Prepared, two volume course book on Louisiana secured transactions

Classes/Seminars

  • Taught major portions of the annual bar review course for recent law school graduates

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Who’s Who publications
  • Super Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana Law Institute, President, 1998 – 2001
  • Louisiana Law Institute, Chairman, 2002 – 2004
  • International Academy of Trusts & Estates and the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, Member
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • New Orleans Estate Planning Council, Former President
  • Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State of Louisiana for six years, Chairman

Past Employment Positions

  • Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk
  • Tulane Law School, Professor

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa
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