Christina Mesires Fournaris is the leader of Morgan Lewis’s Private Client Group. She regularly advises high-net-worth individuals, multigenerational family groups, entrepreneurs, and owners of privately held businesses. Fournaris’s work for family groups and family offices includes providing counsel on the management of family holdings and various trusts representing members of a family. She facilitates family meetings to assist with developing a mission statement and educating family members on the importance of trusts and the tax and investment considerations for various family trusts. In addition, she regularly advises business owners prior to major liquidity events and structures transfer tax vehicles to shift wealth to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner.
Fournaris dedicates a significant portion of her practice to counseling women who control a family’s wealth, including women business owners. She also has experience in philanthropic and charitable gift planning. She advises clients on charitable planning techniques, including major planned gifts of various assets, charitable trusts, and private foundations. She is a frequent lecturer to a wide variety of audiences, including insurance, financial, and investment professionals and advisors. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer of Trusts and Estates at the University of Pennsylvania.
Fournaris received her J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1991 and her A.B., cum laude, in government and music from Smith College in 1988. She is actively involved with Cornell Law School’s alumni community.