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.