Our Attorneys

Bryan A. Phillips Partner Direct dial: 713-980-7707 Email Bryan bphillips@ydklaw.com V-Card 3737 Buffalo Speedway
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77098-3738
Fax : 844-272-0807

Bryan's practice focuses on assisting high net worth domestic and international clients on all aspects of estate and trust planning and management, with a particular emphasis on helping families and family offices administer complex family wealth structures.

In addition to tax planning for individuals, Bryan has extensive experience assisting wealthy families create and operate private trust companies and other governance structures in multiple jurisdictions.  Throughout the representation of private trust companies, he has worked with state banking regulators and the Internal Revenue Service to help shape the complex rules regarding these fiduciaries. Further, Bryan's practice includes the representation of multinational clients with cross-border tax and trust planning.


  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law—Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Associate, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Houston, 2006-2008
  • Admitted to Bar: Texas, 2006
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., summa cum laude, 2006
  • Texas A & M University, B.B.A., cum laude


  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
    • Taxation Section
    • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practioners (STEP)
  • Houston Business & Estate Planning Council


  • Texas Rising Star in estate planning/trusts, Texas Monthly magazine (2014-Present)
  • Houston Law Review:  Publishing editor (2005-2006)
  • Order of the Coif, 2006


  • "Fundamentals of Estate Planning and Probate" Houston Trust Company Next Gen Conference, November 2016
  • "Traps for the Unwary in International Planning" (panel discussion) Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Texas Branch, November 2013
  • "Trusts 101: The Basics of Dealing with Trusts and Trustees" Linn Thurber LLP Continuing Education Seminar, May 2012 


  • Camp Aranzazu
    • Board Secretary and Executive Committee Member (2015-Present)
  • Houston Symphony Planned Giving Advisory Council