Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Elected Officer of National Estate Law Group

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel named Cynda C. Ottaway president-elect

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the leading trust and estate organization of peer-elected trust and estate lawyers, has named Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Cynda C. Ottaway president-elect. ACTEC inaugurated the 2015-2016 officers during a recent annual meeting in Marco Island, Florida.

“Cynda has been actively involved with ACTEC for more than 20 years in a variety of roles,” said Kevin D. Gordon, president and CEO of Crowe & Dunlevy. “Her extensive experience and commitment to estate law makes her the perfect candidate for this prestigious leadership position.”

Ottaway serves as a director in the firm’s Oklahoma City office and is chair of the Private Wealth & Closely-Held Business practice group and a member of the Taxation practice group.

Her practice focuses on estate planning, trust and estate administration and litigation and planning for closely-held family businesses. Ottaway has experience in wealth transfer techniques and assists individuals and businesses with succession planning.

She is a frequent speaker and writer, having served as co-reporter for the ACTEC Commentaries on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Fourth Edition, 2006. Ottaway has served in several other leadership roles with ACTEC, including service on the Executive Committee and as secretary and treasurer. She has also served on the Board of Regents and is a past president of the ACTEC Foundation.

Ottaway was named 2014 Oklahoma City Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the category of Trusts and Estates and is listed in Best Lawyers in the areas of Closely-Held Companies and Family Business Law, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. She was named one of the Top 25 Women Oklahoma Super Lawyers in 2013 and is listed in Oklahoma Super Lawyers in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate.

In addition to her legal practice, Ottaway is an active community volunteer in Oklahoma City, serving on several boards including United Way, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Board of Visitors for Honors College and the Board of Visitors for College of Law at the University of Oklahoma. She is a volunteer with Leadership Oklahoma City and Rotary Club 29.

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