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Gordon Appleman focuses his practice on all aspects of taxation. He counsels clients on federal income, estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer, and excise taxes. Gordon has extensive experience in wills, probate, estates, trusts, exempt organizations, community property, and employee benefits.

Representative Matters

  • Client counseling and document preparation regarding estate planning; trusts; probate, including wills; and litigation involving estates and trusts
  • Taxation representation before the Internal Revenue Service
  • Client counseling and document preparation regarding the creation and administration of exempt organizations, including applications for exemption
  • Client counseling and documentation preparation regarding the taxation of business transactions and investments
  • Client counseling and documentation preparation regarding employee benefits-pension and profit sharing plans
  • Client counseling and document preparation regarding the taxation of acquisition and disposition of assets and businesses
  • Client counseling and document preparation regarding the inter vivos and testamentary management and disposition of assets and the taxation of those events, including wills, trusts, estates, life insurance, and retirement accounts
  • Litigation in U.S. District Courts, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. appellate courts, and state courts regarding taxation, estates, and trusts

Prior Employment

  • Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Tax Division, 1963-1964

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates), 1983-2012, 2014-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Estate Planning & Probate, Tax, Employee Benefits/ERISA), 2003-2018
  • Top Attorneys (Tax and Trusts, Estates, Probate) by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2006-2013, 2015, 2018
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association, 2001


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Taxation Section, Former Chairman; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section; Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation; Former Member, Tax Advisory Commission; Grievance Committee
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Fort Worth-Tarrant County Bar Association; Former Director, Vice President
  • Member, Fort Worth Business & Estate Council, Former Chairman
  • Member, Harvard Law School Association of Texas; Former President, Former National Vice President
  • Member, The Exchange Club of Fort Worth; Former President
  • Member, The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Council; Former Chairman, Executive Committee
  • Member, The University of Texas Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors; Former President
  • The University of Texas: Athletics Council for Men; Commission of 125, 2003-present; Recreation Sports Hall of Honor, 2019; Committee on Undergraduate Experience, 1990-1993; Commission on Fraternal Organizations, 1986-1987; Member and Former Chairman, Advisory Council of College of Liberal Arts; Pro Bene Meritis Award, 2000; Development Board; Ex-Students’ Association, Life Member, Member of Executive Council, Former President, Former Chairman, Board of Advisors
  • Member, Philosophical Society of Texas
  • Davey O’Brien Educational and Charitable Trust; Former Trustee, Secretary, and Treasurer, 1978-2003
  • The WARM Place; Director, Former President
  • Member, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce; Former Member, Executive Committee, Board of Directors; Chairman, Central Area Council
  • Fort Worth Symphony; Former Director and Executive Vice President, Vice President for Finance
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History; Former President, Member of Board of Directors
  • Founder, Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education; Former Secretary and Treasurer

Education & Admissions


  • LL.B., 1962, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., 1959, with high honors, The University of Texas at Austin; Phi Beta Kappa, Beta Alpha Psi, and Phi Eta Sigma scholastic honorary fraternities


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of Fed. Claims
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Ct.
  • U.S. Tax Ct.