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Charles Dowling

Partner  |  Sullivan & Cromwell

United States (NY)


Estate and tax planning
Family office services
Charitable giving


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

The pandemic and its stay-at-home lockdowns has led a number of my married clients to consider postnuptial arrangements. For the last four months I have been working on the most complex postnuptial agreement ever.

How did you get into private client?

My mother is a lawyer and she encouraged me to check it out.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Focus on delivering the best possible professional service to your clients. In my view, that is how best to build up one’s professional reputation and practice. The best referrals for new business are often made by existing clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever." David St. Hubbins and Nigel Tufnel (from the movie This is Spinal Tap).
In the course of my practice, I often find myself thinking of this quote.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Doubles squash.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

Mediterraneo on Greenwich Avenue (Greenwich, CT).