Kristina Maynard is a partner in the Private Client Practice Group. She counsels families and business owners on all aspects of estate and wealth transfer planning, including estate and trust administration, fiduciary income tax planning, charitable gift planning, formation and operation of private foundations and public charities, and business succession planning.

  • Advises clients on the formation, taxation, and recapitalization of pass-through entities, including LLCs, LLPs, and S corporations
  • Consults and advises corporate executives and high-net-worth individuals on various income, estate, and gift tax matters
  • Prepares operating agreements and various corporate documents
  • Designs tax effective wealth transfer strategies, including GRATs, sales to defective grantor trusts, family LLCs, and QPRTs
  • Represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in estate and trust administration matters
  • Advises charitable organizations on formation, governance, and all aspects of tax and regulatory compliance
  • Represents charities before the Internal Revenue Service in connection with determination letters and private letter rulings
  • Holds a Certificate of Completion in the areas of probate and estate planning issued by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Probate and Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Holds a Certified Public Accountant license in the State of Michigan


Practice Areas


Representative Matters

  • Served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Blanche Manning of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois while attending law school 

Prior Experience

  • McDermott, Will & Emery, Summer Associate, 2002
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Senior Tax Consultant, 1997-2000





Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
    • Section of Taxation
  • Michigan Bar Association
    • Probate and Estate Planning Section
    • Taxation Section

News & Insights

Press Releases


  • Interstate LexisNexis Practice Insights, Contributing Author (2006). Manuscript focuses on the tax consequences of qualified disclaimers with particular emphasis on Michigan law
  • "Dethroning King Enterprises," The Tax Lawyer, Co-Author (Fall 2004), reprinted in Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings, Practicing Law Institute, Vol. 10 (2005)
  • "The Tax Court Misses the Boat In Requiring Capitalization of Lease Termination Payments," Journal of Passthrough Entities, Vol. 6, No. 1, Co-Author (January-February 2003)
  • "The Fruit Does Not Fall Far From the Tree: The Unresolved Tax Treatment of Contingent Attorney's Fees," 33 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Author (2002)
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