Duncan E. Osborne
Duncan E. Osborne

Duncan E. Osborne

Partner

email

deosborne@ohkslaw.com

email

(512) 542-2010

email

vCard

/

LinkedIn

Profile

Mr. Osborne is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. His core practice is domestic and international estate planning with an emphasis on asset protection planning. A former adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Osborne devotes significant energy to lecturing and writing in his practice areas as well as helping clients with regard to all aspects of their estate planning. He is a frequent author and lecturer on estate planning topics and has made presentations and published articles both domestically and internationally on the subjects of offshore trusts and asset protection planning. One of the pioneers in the field of asset protection, Mr. Osborne conceived and was the original editor and a contributing author of the four-volume treatise, Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics, published by West Group in 1995 (a loose leaf service updated quarterly). He was also the founding chair of the American Bar Association’s Asset Protection Committee. Mr. Osborne is retained by foreign governments and financial institutions to advise them on trust and tax issues. He has also been called upon to serve as an expert witness on both sides of the docket in cases involving asset protection planning.

Education

  • University of Texas Law School (J.D., with honors, 1971) Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
  • University of Texas (M.A., Latin American Studies, 1968)
  • Stanford University (B.A., English, 1966)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • Member, Dean's Board of Advisors, The University of Texas School of Law (2018)
  • Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Past President, Member, Board of Regents; Former Chair, International Estate Planning Committee; Former Chair, FATF Task Force)
  • Estate Planning Hall of Fame (2013); National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Academician, The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (Member, Executive Committee, Vice President)
  • Technical Editor, Steve Leimberg’s Asset Protection Newsletter (2006 – present)
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2011 Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" in Austin
  • Named Best Lawyers® 2014 Trusts and Estates Litigation "Lawyer of the Year" in Austin
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Trusts and Estates & Trusts and Estates Litigation (1989 – present)
  • Listed, Texas Super Lawyer, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly (2003 – present)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, The International Bar Association
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Member and Founding Chair, Asset Protection Planning  Committee, American Bar Association (Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law)
  • Member, Foreign Activities of U. S. Taxpayers Committee, American Bar Association (Section of Taxation)
  • Member, Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulations, American Bar Association (2012-2013)
  • Former Member, Advisory Board, Asset Protection Journal
  • Director, Susan Vaughan Foundation, Houston, Texas
  • Director, Still Water Foundation, Austin, Texas
  • Director, Aurora Foundation, Austin, Texas
  • Former Board Chair, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Austin, Texas
ACTEC
Board Certified - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Super Lawyers - Duncan E. Osborne
The College of the State Bar of Texas
The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
STEP
International Bar Association
Best Lawyers 2022

Publications and Presentations

A Brief History of Asset Protection Trusts

ALI CLE Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, January 2022
Publication
Author
2022

Truth, Transparence, and The Right of Privacy

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Law Journal, Volume 46, Number 3, Summer 2021
Publication
Author
2021

Truth, Transparence, and The Right of Privacy

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Trachtman Lecture, Anuual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2020

A Brief History of Asset Protection Trusts

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Domestic Asset Protection Trust: 20th Anniversary, 2017 Fall Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee
Presentation/Publication
This is some text inside of a div block.
2017

Asset Protection Trust Planning

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, Planning Techniques for Large Estates, Scottsdale, Arizona
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2017

Enforcement of Criminal Orders Against Trusts

Annual Conference of the Internatioanl Bar Association, Sydney, Austrialia
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2017

Asset Protection Trusts

University of Kentucky 43rd Annual Midwest-Midsouth Estate Planning Institute, Lexington, Kentucky
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2016

Asset Protection Trust Planning Using Traditional Estate Planning Techniques

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, 32nd Annual Estate Planning Institute, Las Cruses, New Mexico
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2015

Asset Protection Trusts Under Attack – Views from the Bench and Bar

49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2015

The Financial Action Task Force and the Legal Profession

New York Law School Law Review, 2014/15, Volume 59, Number 3
Publication
Author
2015

Update: Asset Protection

New York Bar Association 13th Annual Sophisticated Trusts and Estate Law Institute, New York, New York
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2015