R. Glenn Davis
Attorney / Shareholder

R. Glenn Davis

Attorney / Shareholder

Contact Info

El Paso

   915.546.8253
  915.546.8333

Las Cruces

   575.522.0765
  575.522.0006
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Areas of Concentration

Estate Planning, Probate & Asset Protection
Corporate & Securities – Small Business

Education

University of Texas
Juris Doctor with honors

Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Arts – Economics
magna cum laude

Admissions & Qualifications

State Bar of Texas

State Bar of New Mexico

Certified in Estate Planning & Probate Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization

United States District Court
Western District of Texas
District of New Mexico

United States Court of Appeals
Fifth Circuit




Glenn Davis practices in the Firm’s El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico offices. He advises individuals and families in estate planning, transfer taxation, asset protection, and closely held and family business matters. He also advises individual and corporate fiduciaries regarding administration and taxation issues affecting trusts, estates and family-owned businesses.

For individuals, Glenn focuses on creating complex multi-generational wealth transfer plans. His comprehensive custom plans go beyond credit shelter or bypass trusts and marital deduction planning that are the foundation for any estate plan. Glenn’s plans also include, in appropriate circumstances, full utilization of an individual’s exemptions from the generation-skipping transfer tax with a view towards creating true dynasty trusts that extend for multiple generations, if not into perpetuity.

Specialized trusts for lifetime transfers designed either to avoid or reduce transfer taxation or to maximize available exemptions from such taxation also are a focus of Glenn’s practice. These trusts include Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts and Unitrusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, and Children’s Trusts.

Glenn also regularly prepares customized Family Limited Partnerships and Family Limited Liability Companies to provide a more effective means of managing the family business and investments, and providing creditor protection and, potentially, valuation discounts for estate tax purposes.

Because of the firm’s proximity to Mexico, many of Glenn’s clients also have special issues because they are not either United States citizens or residents, or both.

Incapacity caused by dementia or Alzheimer’s disease also is of special concern to Glenn. Accordingly, Glenn designs special provisions for living trusts to minimize the need for legal proceedings in the face of these diseases, thus easing the transition to successor trustees when help is needed. He also creates Third-Party Special Needs Trusts, which can be important for married clients and parents of children who are disabled or otherwise eligible for government benefits like Medicaid.

As part of the probate process, Glenn also prepares United States Estate Tax Returns and advises the family’s accountants regarding such returns. He also assists trustees of split–interest trusts to prepare necessary information returns regarding the trust’s activities to the IRS.

Glenn offers a unique perspective and expertise to his clients given that he was primarily a litigator in the Firm’s employment and commercial litigation sections for eleven years. During that time, he was lead counsel for several publicly traded companies or their subsidiaries, including Raytheon Technical Services Company; Waste Connections, Inc.; Iron Mountain, Inc.; Lear Corporation; and Union Pacific Railroad Company. In 2005, for example, Glenn successfully defended Raytheon in an international discrimination lawsuit by obtaining, first, a partial summary judgment, and then, at trial, a directed verdict against the plaintiff that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

During law school at the University of Texas, Glenn interned with Justice Lloyd Doggett of the Supreme Court of Texas ― the highest civil court in the state. He graduated with honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, an honor extended only to the top ten percent of graduates. Glenn moved to El Paso initially to serve as a law clerk to United States District Judge Harry Lee Hudspeth.

Glenn is a member of several professional organizations focusing on the estate planning practice, including the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the State Bar of New Mexico (where he serves on the Section’s Board of Directors), the El Paso Estate Planning Council, the El Paso Probate Bar and the Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council (where he is a former President). He also serves on the Planning Committee for the Annual Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute, both in Las Cruces, New Mexico. In April, 2009, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico named Glenn the Rio Grande Professional Advisor of the Year.

Glenn is actively involved in the community. He recently concluded six years of service as a member of the Board of Trustees for El Paso’s Insights Science Museum, including service as Vice President. Glenn also was a participant in the Leadership El Paso Class XXIX, sponsored by the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a member and vice president of Keep El Paso Beautiful, Inc. He is an active member of Beth El Bible Evangelical Free Church.

Glenn and his wife, Laura, have five daughters – Emma, Audrey, Camille, Julia, and Charlotte.


Representative Matters

Estate Planning, Trusts & Probate

  • Negotiated a buy-sell agreement for a corporation owning two multi-million dollar ranches and commercial property in northern New Mexico. The agreement restricted transferability of interests in the ranch to preserve its historic heritage and to keep the ranch in the family.
  • Designed Buy-Sell Agreement funded with life insurance to provide a smooth succession plan for non-related owners of a high technology military contractor.
  • Drafted multi-generational estate plan for a fifth generation central New Mexico ranching family, designed to preserve the integrity of the ranch for the benefit the family members who remained ranchers, yet also provide for family members who choose other paths.
  • Established an irrevocable trust for an investor in a high technology start up that has the potential for explosive growth in value. The trust’s purpose was to transfer much of the client’s ownership interest in the start-up into a generation skipping trust in a transfer tax free manner before the value is realized.
  • Advised the owners of a multiple generation family owned chile, onion and pecan farming operation in the central Rio Grande Valley with a $25 million value on asset protection and business succession planning.
  • Drafted a post mortem Qualified Domestic Trust (“QDOT trust”) on behalf of a widowed Mexican citizen residing in the U.S. to preserve the marital deduction in her husband’s estate and defer in excess of $1 million in estate taxes that would have otherwise been due in her husband’s estate. (The marital deduction is not available for gifts to non-U.S. citizen spouses unless the gift is placed in a QDOT trust.)
  • Designed estate plan for $100 million-plus net worth Mexican citizens and residents with U.S. property and children who are U.S. citizens. The plan establishes a dynasty trust exempt from estate taxes for the whole of the estate and a contingent provision applying traditional estate tax planning techniques in the event one or both clients decide to become a U.S. resident at some point in the future.
  • Established irrevocable trust to hold $1 million gift to ensure special needs treatment and prevent disqualification from government benefits for the beneficiary who is dependent on benefits for healthcare.
  • Assisted an elderly client to plan for his incapacity and the competing interests of his children by transferring control of his revocable and irrevocable trusts, which held family-owned farming-related businesses and significant liquid assets, from himself to an independent corporate trustee.
  • Regularly prepares living trusts and related documents for clients to maximize estate tax and generation skipping transfer tax exemptions and to provide creditor protection for children of clients. Living trusts also typically include special needs provisions for the surviving spouse and children that “turn on” only when needed.
  • Regularly prepares living trusts designed to provide asset management in the event of incapacity and creditor protection for surviving spouses, especially in the context of long-term care issues. These trusts make extensive use of special needs provisions that “turn on” only when needed.
  • Served as a testifying expert witness in a malpractice claim involving the administration of a probate estate on behalf of a local attorney. The plaintiff alleged the attorney had violated the ethical rules regarding conflicts of interest and had made mistakes in the administration of the estate. The jury ruled in favor of the attorney.
  • Advised the public accounting firm preparing a federal Estate Tax Return regarding the proper allocation of the charitable deduction and estate taxes among competing beneficiaries of a Marital Deduction and Bypass Trust and with respect to claims of breaches of fiduciary duty and conversion against the accounting firm and the Executor.
  • Regularly represents the Executor (in Texas) or the Personal Representative (in New Mexico) in the probate and administration of decedents’ estates. Also advises the successor Trustees of Revocable Trusts in the administration of revocable trusts on behalf of incapacitated grantors and after a grantor’s death in the distribution of the estate to beneficiaries or constituent trusts established by the trust agreement in question.

Reported Cases

Litigation
Glenn originally worked as a litigator, giving him a unique perspective on ways to structure estates to avoid litigation. Reported cases include:

Gallaspy v. Raytheon Technical Services Co., 211 Fed. Appx. 269 (5th Cir. 2006). This decision affirmed a directed verdict for the defendant in an international race discrimination case.

Vibbert v. Par, Inc., 224 S.W.3d 317 (Tex. App.–El Paso 2006, no writ). This decision affirmed a summary judgment for the defendant in a fraud and conversion case.

In re Applied Chemical Magnesias Corp., 206 S.W.3d 114 (Tex. 2006). (original proceeding) Wrote successful Petition for Mandamus relating to mandatory venue.

Gallaspy v. Raytheon Technical Services Co., No. EP-04-CV-0012-FM, 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 16342 (August 9, 2005). This decision granted summary judgment for the defendant on the plaintiff’s 42 U.S.C. § 1981 race discrimination claims.

Velasquez v. Waste Connections, Inc., 169 S.W.3d 432 (Tex. App.–El Paso 2005, no writ). This decision affirmed summary judgment for the defendant in a national origin discrimination case.

Presentations

2017, June 7. Dissecting LLC Company Agreements. Lecture and paper presented at the State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning & Probate Course in Houston, Texas.

2015, October 9. Powers of Appointment. Lecture and paper presented at 26th Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course of the State Bar of Texas in Houston, Texas.

2015, January 22. Basic Transfer Tax Planning Considerations. Lecture and paper presented at the UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women in El Paso, Texas.

2015. Course Director for the 8th Annual New Mexico State University Estate Planning Conference for Women in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2014, June. Administration of the Estate with Cross Border Issues. Lecture and paper presented at the 38th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course of the State Bar of Texas in San Antonio, Texas.

2014. Course Director for the 7th Annual New Mexico State University Estate Planning Conference for Women in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2013, October. The Nuts and Bolts of a New Mexico Will. Lecture and paper presented at the 21st Annual Estate Planning Institute of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2013, March 5. International Estate Planning. Lecture and paper presented at Houston Attorneys in Tax and Probate Luncheon in Houston, Texas.

2013, January 24. Basic Transfer Tax Planning Considerations. Lecture and paper presented at the UTEP Estate Planning Conference for Women in El Paso, Texas.

2013. Course Director for the 6th Annual New Mexico State University Estate Planning Conference for Women in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2012, December 19. Business Succession Planning. Lecture and paper presented at the El Paso Estate Planning Council Luncheon in El Paso, Texas.

2012, November 1. A Stroll Through the Uniform Probate Code. Lecture and paper presented at the 20th Annual Estate Planning Institute of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2012, February. Course Director for the 5th Annual New Mexico State University Estate Planning Conference for Women in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2011, November 3-4. Business Succession Planning. Lecture and paper presented at the 19th Annual Estate Planning Institute of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2011, May 20. Estate and Trust Accounting Under the Uniform Probate and Trust Codes. Lecture presented at the 2011 Southwest Regional Conference of the American Society of Women Accountants in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2011, April 27. Federal Estate Taxes. Lecture and paper presented at the 2011 Tax Considerations in Estate Planning Course of the State Bar of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2011, January and February. Course Director for the 4th Annual New Mexico State University Estate Planning Conference for Women in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

2011, January 27. Legal and Practical Aspects of Estate Planning. Lecture at the 2011 University of Texas at El Paso Estate Planning Conference for Women in El Paso, Texas.

Publications

(2014). Federal Transfer Taxes for International Clients. The Texas Tax Lawyer, 42(1).

(2010). Key Points as EGTRRA’s Sunset Looms. Texas Lawyer, 26(34).

Organizations

Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas

Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar of New Mexico (Board of Directors)

El Paso Estate Planning Council

El Paso Probate Bar

Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Council (former President)

Annual Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute (Planning Committee)

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico Professional Advisor of the Year – 2009

El Paso’s Insights Science Museum (Board of Trustees, former Vice President)

Leadership El Paso Class XXIX

Keep El Paso Beautiful, Inc. (former Vice President)

Beth El Bible Evangelical Free Church