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Rust Reid focuses his practice on estate planning, probate, and fiduciary administration. He primarily represents individuals and family groups seeking to plan the disposition of their estates in accordance with their wishes at the least tax cost. Rust also represents individuals and corporate fiduciaries in trust and estate administration, and private foundations and other organizations in connection with charitable gift-giving. He frequently acts as an expert witness in probate and trust disputes and has taught as an adjunct professor at SMU Dedman School of Law.


More than 55 years of Tax Law experience

2008 Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Representative Matters

  • Client counseling and representation in estate planning and probate law, including individual estate planning; preparation of wills, trusts, and related documents; insurance and property ownership planning; marital property planning; and representation in the administration of estates and trusts
  • Representation of clients in probate and other courts involved in the probate of wills and estates, and representation of clients in litigation relating to probate or fiduciary law matters
  • Counseling and representation of clients in connection with federal income tax matters, including estate and trust taxation, personal income tax planning, and family and closely held business planning with an emphasis on tax and estate planning matters
  • Representation and counseling of corporate fiduciaries in all aspects of fiduciary administration and probate law
  • Mediation in probate and trust disputes
  • General representation of individual and corporate clients

Honors & Affiliations


  • Dallas Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Trusts and Estates), 1983-2017
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Estate Planning & Probate), 2003-2018
  • Each Moment Matters Award, Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Trust and Estate Planning), D Magazine, 2003
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Dallas Bar Association’s Probate Section, 2007
  • Distinguished Probate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2008


  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, Dallas Estate Planning Council; Past President
  • Member, American Bar Association; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Past Chairman, Tax Section; Probate Section
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University in Income Taxation of Estate and Trusts and Estate Planning, 1980-1985; Estate and Gift Tax, 2004-2006
  • Instructor, Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in Trust Law, 1975-1986
  • Fellow, Dallas and Texas Bar Foundations
  • Former Trustee, Hockaday School, Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1977-1979
  • Former Trustee, Child Care Group, President, 1973-1975; Trustee, 1997-2004; Honorary Life Trustee
  • Former Trustee, Tejas Council, Girl Scouts of America, 1980-1984
  • Former Trustee, Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, 1984-1996; Chairman, 1991-1993; Honorary Life Trustee
  • Former Trustee, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, 1990-1997; Vice President, 1993
  • Trustee, Grace Presbyterian Village Foundation, 1997-2006; President 1999-2001
  • Former Trustee and Vice President, The Cecil and Ida Green Foundation, 1997-2005
  • Trustee, AVANCÉ-Dallas, 2015
  • Trustee, Bryan’s House, 2002-2012, 2015; President 2008-2010

Education & Admissions


  • LL.B., 1960, University of Virginia School of Law; Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review; Order of the Coif; ODK
  • B.A., 1954, University of Virginia


  • Texas