Sharon KleinPresident, New York Metropolitan Region
Beginning her career as a trusts and estates attorney, Klein has more than two decades of experience in the wealth management industry. She is a nationally recognized speaker and author on trust and estate issues.
She has presented at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute, the Duke University Estate Planning Conference, and the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Advisory Board. She has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Law Journal, and Trusts & Estates Magazine.
Klein serves as chair of the Trusts and Estates Law Section Taxation Committee of the New York State Bar Association, and Vice-Chair of the Estate & Gift Tax Committee of the American Bar Association. She is a member of New York Bankers Association Trust & Investment Division Executive Committee, The Rockefeller University Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, the Estates, Gifts and Trusts Advisory Board for the Bureau of National Affairs and the Professional Advisory Council of the Anti-Defamation League.
She is the immediate past chair of the Trusts, Estates and Surrogate’s Court Committee for the New York City Bar Association, and a current member of its Estate and Gift Taxation Committee.
Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Klein was managing director and head of Wealth Advisory at Lazard Wealth Management, where she led the delivery of all wealth advisory services, including trusts and estates, tax, and philanthropic planning.
Prior to Lazard, she headed the Estate Advisement department at Fiduciary Trust Company International. Prior to joining Fiduciary Trust, Klein was special counsel in the Trusts & Estates Department at Rosenman & Colin (now Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP), where she began her career in 1990.
She earned a Master of Laws from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales, Australia.