Senior Counsel
(212) 682-0020


New York



Law School: St. John’s University Law School

Undergraduate: College of the City of New York (1953)

US Army: 1st Lieutenant (1953-1955)


As Counsel and formerly a partner in the firm, CHARLES J. GROPPE concentrates his practice in the area of estates and trusts, including estate planning, tax planning; drafting of wills, trusts and related documents; administration, settlement and distribution of estates and trusts, and Surrogate’s Court litigation in contested matters.

He currently advises numerous estate and trust beneficiaries, executors and trustees and charitable organizations as to their rights and obligations. He has been appointed Guardian ad Litem by the Surrogate Courts to represent infants, unknown heirs and persons under disability.

His reputation for wisdom and judgment is well-established and developed over a distinguished career of more than one-half century participating in a legion of cases covering the spectrum of estates and trusts jurisprudence.

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Mr. Groppe has written extensively on professional subjects, and is the lead editor of the multi-volume Harris, New York Estates: Probate, Administration and Litigation, Sixth Edition, published by Thomson Reuters; a leading estate practice text for New York State practitioners.

Mr. Groppe was an adjunct Professor at Pace Law School from 1989 – 1994, teaching Federal Estate and Gift Taxation. He has also lectured before professional and lay audiences on estate and trust related subjects, and New York Bankers Association schools, New York State Bar Association and Practicing Law Institute programs.


Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1972

The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2020)

Super Lawyers in the New York Metropolitan Area in the field of Estate Planning and Probate (2006-2018)

Member of Professional Advisors Council of Calvary Hospital (2001-2018)

Calvary Hospital Medal Recipient: June 3, 2009