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David R. Ferris


phone: 585-231-1109
fax: 585-232-2152
location: Rochester
email: dferris@hselaw.com

Practice Areas

  • Trusts and Estates

Bar Admission

  • New York

Professional Experience

David enjoys working with clients to understand their values and goals for their family. He seeks to help clients fulfill these goals and pass assets down generations and in support of charitable interests. Listening to clients to understand their unique family situations is a very important part of David’s planning conferences. He works with multi-generational families to help transition their wealth, including business interests, and the family’s core values.

David's experience includes counseling clients in the following areas:

  • Wills and Living Trusts
  • Planning for family businesses, partnerships, and professional practices
  • Planning for persons with disabilities
  • Elder law issues
  • Retirement benefits planning
  • Wealth preservation planning
  • Asset protection planning

Tax planning to minimize estate, gift and other taxes, including:

  • Trusts and Wills to utilize tax credits and minimize taxes
  • Generation Skipping tax planning
  • Life Insurance Trusts to avoid taxes
  • Charitable giving and charitable trusts
  • Irrevocable Trusts, including Personal Residence Trusts
  • Representing not-for-profit organizations and institutions


  • Albany Law School, J.D.
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Member, Trusts & Estates Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Elder Law Section, New York State Bar Association
  • Member and Former President, Estate Planning Council of Rochester
  • Member, Rochester Rotary Club
  • President, Board of Directors, Rochester Rotary Club Charitable Trusts
  • Member, University of Rochester Planned Giving Council
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board, YMCA of Greater Rochester

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Trusts & Estates
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2012-2014

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