Crowe & Dunlevy attorney elected to international and national estate law groups

Cynda Ottaway elected to International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

OKLAHOMA CITY – The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (the Academy) recently elected Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Cynda Ottaway into its prestigious membership. In addition, Ottaway was elected as an officer by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Both honors recognize her contributions to estate planning, as well as planning for family businesses.

“The Academy’s membership is highly selective, and we are very proud that Cynda has been named a member,” said Crowe & Dunlevy President Kevin Gordon. “This prestigious honor and her election as an officer for ACTEC illustrate Cynda’s extensive contributions to estate and trust law, as well as her interest in the development of law both domestically and internationally.”

Ottaway is a director at Crowe & Dunlevy with a practice focusing on estate planning, trust and estate administration and planning for closely-held family businesses. She has experience in wealth transfer techniques and assists individuals and families with succession planning in the business context and other generational matters.

In addition to her legal practice, Ottaway is an active community volunteer in Oklahoma City, serving on several boards including the United Way, the Oklahoma Museum of Art and The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She is on the boards of Leadership Oklahoma City Alumni, Rotary Club 29, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Planned Giving Advisory Council and Board of Visitors for Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.

Formed in 1975, the Academy has members who practice or have offices in 26 countries. Academicians concentrate on the analysis of the substantive requirements and the tax consequences of the transfer of wealth, be it during lifetime or at death. In that regard, the Academy now studies the entities through which wealth is transferred, including but not limited to corporations, partnerships, common law trusts, statutory trusts, foundations and both common law and civil law bifurcated estates. All Academicians must have distinguished themselves through lecturing, writing or participation in professional organizations and have demonstrated a significant interest in the continuing development of the law of their own countries.

ACTEC, a prestigious association of highly credentialed trust and estate lawyers, announced the selection of officers for 2012-2013 during its annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. Having been an active member for over 20 years, Ottaway was inaugurated as Secretary of the board, in addition to the following peer-elected officers:

• President: Louis A. Mezzullo (Rancho Santa Fe, California)
• President-Elect: Duncan E. Osborne (Austin, Texas)
• Vice-President: Kathleen R. Sherby (St. Louis, Missouri)
• Treasurer: Bruce Stone (Coral Gables, Florida)
• Immediate Past President: Mary F. Radford (Atlanta, Georgia)

ACTEC is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations.

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