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Graham Kenney Direct dial: 512-256-7718 Email Graham gkenney@ydklaw.com V-Card 3737 Buffalo Speedway
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77098-3738
Fax : 844-272-0807
Print EXPERIENCE

Graham is a Partner in the Austin office of Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP. Graham focuses his practice on estate and tax planning for wealthy individual clients, fiduciaries, and closely-held family businesses.

Graham has extensive experience helping clients value and transfer difficult to value assets, including family limited partnerships, commercial, undeveloped, and residential real estate, farms and ranches, minerals, interests in private equity funds and other private investment vehicles, and a wide variety of personal property, including fine art. Graham also has notable experience helping clients with the formation and operation of family limited partnerships, transitioning management of family businesses to a new generation, decantings and the judicial modification of trusts, and implementing conservation easements.

Graham has experience assisting clients in all stages of tax controversies, including in front of the Internal Revenue Service, the United States Tax Court, the United States Court of Federal Claims, United States District Courts, and the United States Court of Appeals. Graham has helped clients resolve controversies involving a wide variety of issues, including gift and estate taxes, income taxes, employment taxes, nonprofit exemption applications, and the unrelated business income tax. Graham has extensive experience helping clients resolve controversies with the IRS related to the valuation of difficult to value assets, particularly those involving family limited partnerships and other closely-held businesses and fine art.

Prior to joining Ytterberg Deery Knull LLP, Graham practiced at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Baker Botts LLP.

CREDENTIALS

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2003
  • University of Oklahoma, B.A. magna cum laude, 2000
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2003; United States Tax Court, 2004; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2005; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2006

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & ACTIVITIES

  • American Bar Association
    •  Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
    • Taxation Section
  • Austin Bar Association
    • Estate Planning Section
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • President, OU Club of Austin

PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • "Texas Rising Star" in Tax or Estate Planning, Texas Monthly magazine (2006 and 2012-2017)

SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Presenter, "When the Value of Art is Gray: Shaking Your Client's Etch-a-Sketch" ABA 2017 RPTE Spring Symposium
  • Presenter, "Elkins v. Commissioner: What Does the Case Mean for Fair Market Value of Fractional Interests?" ABA 2015 Spring Symposium
  • Co-Author, "Gifts of Interest in Art after Estate of Elkins," Sotheby's Trust & Estates Bulletin, Winter/Spring 2015