Chelsea A. Cogan

Alan F. Rothschild Jr.

Alan Rothschild has practiced estate planning, taxation and general business law in Columbus and Atlanta for over 35 years. In the estate planning area, Mr. Rothschild works with individuals and their advisors to design estate plans that effectively address each client’s unique tax, business and family goals. Much of his work in this area focuses on successful strategies for multi-generational wealth succession planning, including the transition of family businesses and family lands to future generations.

Mr. Rothschild also has extensive experience advising clients on the design and implementation of thoughtful and effective charitable gifts – both while the client is in life, through techniques such as private foundations, donor-advised funds, conservation easements and charitable trusts, and at death, through their wills and testamentary trusts.

A substantial part of Mr. Rothschild’s practice is dedicated to the representation of tax exempt organizations throughout the southeastern United States. Representative clients include university-related foundations, family foundations, community foundations, and regional non-profits in the areas of education, the arts, social services and religious activities. Since, 2015, Mr. Rothschild has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Miami School of Law, where he teaches a course in the Master of Law program on Charitable Giving and Exempt Organizations.

Probate and estate administration also constitute an important part of Mr. Rothschild’s practice. This includes the representation of individual beneficiaries, executors and trustees, as well as representing corporate fiduciaries in the probate and administration of estates and the on-going administration of trusts. Mr. Rothschild also has significant experience resolving tax audits, estate disputes and dealing with the challenges of an aging population, including guardianships, conservatorships, and health care decision making.

In his general business and tax practice, Mr. Rothschild works with regional businesses and professional practices on general operational matters, including entity selection, tax compliance, acquisitions and sales, employment and contract matters.

Atlanta Office address: One Alliance Center 3500 Lenox Road, Suite 1500, Atlanta, GA 303026



  • University of Virginia, 1982 (B.A.)
  • University of Georgia School of Law, 1985 (J.D.)
  • Emory University, 1991 (L.L.M., Taxation)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association – Real Property Trust and Estate Section
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American College of Tax Counsel
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Columbus Estate Planning Council
  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide
  • Georgia Super Lawyers
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite
  • Heckerling Estate Planning Institute
  • Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell – General Practice, Trusts and Estates, and Taxation
  • State Bar of Georgia – Verner F. Chaffin Career Service Award, Fiduciary Law Section
  • Southern Federal Tax Institute
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Trust and Estates and Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • United States Tax Court, 2004

Civic Activities

  • Columbus State University Foundation – Past Chair
  • Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. – Past Chair
  • Georgia Humanities Council
  • Georgia Museum of Art – Past Chair
  • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. – Emeritus Trustee
  • Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce – Past Chair
  • Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, Inc. – President
  • The Board of Friends Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, University of Georgia
  • The Columbus Museum, Inc. – Past President
  • The Do Good Fund, Inc. – President
  • University of Georgia School of Law School Association – Past President
  • Walter Allen Richards Foundation – Trustee

Previously served on the following:

  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council – Board of Directors
  • Georgia Legal Services Foundation – Board of Directors
  • Georgia Legal Services Program – Board of Directors
  • State Bar of Georgia, Nonprofit Law Section – Chair
  • Southeastern Council of Foundations - Board of Trustees
  • Southern Federal Tax Institute – Chair
  • State Bar of Georgia, Fiduciary Law Section – Chair

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