U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2019 Awards

We are proud to announce that Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson, LLP has received multiple national and regional rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2019. Our national rankings in fours practice areas include a Tier 1 ranking for our vaunted Trust & Estates Law practice. Regionally, we received Tier 1 rankings in four practice areas. The firm-wide ranking follows recognition of four of our lawyers receiving individual honors from Best Lawyers®, including Charles J. Groppe (Trust & Estates), Andrea Hyde (Trust & Estates), Mary Ellen Donnelly (Labor Law – Management), Daniel F. Murphy, Jr.’s recognition as Lawyer of the Year – Labor Law – Management New York City – Best Lawyers®.

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019


  • Tier 1 in Trust & Estates Law
  • Tier 2 in Employment Law -Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment

Regional – New York City:

  • Tier 1 in Trust & Estates Law, Employment Law -Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Tier 2 in Litigation – Trust & Estates

For a complete list of all of our rankings, please visit the U.S. News – Best Lawyers® rankings.

Labor and Employment Partner Mark Hernandez wins award

Mark A. Hernandez

2019 International Advisory Experts Award Winner

Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP is pleased to announce that Labor & Employment Partner, Mark A. Hernandez, has been recognized by International Advisory Experts as a 2019 Awards Winner.

International Advisory Experts is a global alliance of well-established and experienced legal, financial and consulting firms that covers over 140 jurisdictions. Award winners are chosen by an independent panel after extensive research for each jurisdiction.

Mark’s recognition reflects our history of providing the highest quality legal services to global clients for over 150 years.


Charles J. Groppe

Charles J. Groppe

2019 Best Lawyers

Charles J. Groppe has been the heart and soul of Putney, Twombly since he joined in 1960. Charlie established himself as a preeminent trusts and estates attorney, advising banks, trust institutions and individuals in the planning and administration of their estates. His dedication to clients and their specific needs is a hallmark of his representation.

During his career, Charlie has served as a mentor for all of the members and associates of our Trusts and Estates Department. His commitment to teaching and the development of attorneys is noted by all. Charlie is the proud author of Harris 6th Edition New York Estates: Probate, Administration, and Litigation demonstrating his academic qualifications. However, his concern for the well-being of our clients and their families is legendary.

We are proud to celebrate Charles J. Groppe as a leader of Putney, Twombly and a recognized leader in the field of trusts and estates.

From offices in Manhattan, Long Island and New Jersey, the attorneys of Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson, LLP have provided high quality legal services to corporate and individual clients for more than 150 years in the areas of Labor and Employment, Trusts and Estates, Litigation, and Corporate Law. The firm has demonstrated unsurpassed experience and knowledge when representing clients in collective bargaining, litigation or their individual needs in estate planning and administration.

Managing Partner Daniel F. Murphy, Jr. received the 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” award for Labor Law – Management in New York City. Mr. Murphy credits loyal clients and colleagues within the firm and thanks his peers for their support and this recognition.

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Daniel F. Murphy, Jr.

2019 Lawyer of the Year – Labor Law – Management

New York City – Best Lawyers

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our Managing Partner, Daniel F. Murphy, Jr., has been named Management Attorney of the Year for Labor and Employment in New York City for 2019 by the Best Lawyers publication. Dan is the first two-time individual selection as Management Attorney of the Year, previously winning the award in 2017. The awards are especially notable because recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Dan has also been named a Best Lawyer by the publication for 10 consecutive years. Dan has over 40 years of experience in representing management in all facets of labor and employment law. His most recent award is justly deserved and is a testament to his skill in sagely advising our clients through the many intricacies in this dynamic area of law.

Our Partner and Friend Alexander “Sandy” Neave

passed away on September 24, 2018

Sandy was our colleague for 52 years. During that time, he established himself as a preeminent Trust and Estate Attorney, representing individuals in complex estate administration issues and the Trust Departments of prominent banking institutions. Above all, Sandy was a gentleman treating all with respect and dignity. He will be missed by all of us at Putney.


By Caryn B. Keppler & Jodi C. Lipka

According to a 2014 study by the Center on Wealth and Philanthropy of Boston College, an estimated $51.8 trillion (in 2007 dollars) in assets will be passed inter-generationally between 2007 and 2061.1 A good percentage of those assets will be tangible personal property, including art and other collectible assets. The foregoing estimate was based on the continuation of the then-$5 million federal estate tax exemption. With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the increase in the federal basic exclusion amount to approximately $11.2 million per person,2 that number is now, undoubtedly, a low estimate. Despite the fact that a vast amount of wealth is held in the form of art and collectible assets, most legal, financial and tax advisors fail to counsel their clients on appropriate planning techniques for their collections both during life and at death. In our opinion, here are the top 10 mistakes made when planning for art and other collectible assets and how to avoid them.

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