Leon Rittenberg III is a New Orleans native. His practice focuses on serving the needs of small and mid-sized businesses and their owners; including taxation, finance, private equity, estate planning, probate, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, philanthropy and non-profit law, and related matters. Leon represents the interests of a number of private investors, oil service businesses, family offices, marine transportation companies and physician groups. He is a Board Certified Tax Specialist and Board Certified Estate Planning & Administration Specialist, as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He frequently lectures in areas such as taxation, estate planning and maritime transactions.
Leon is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He has been recognized by Chambers USA (Louisiana Marine Finance – 2021; Louisiana Corporate/M&A: Tax section – 2017), Louisiana Super Lawyers (Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Business/Corporate), and the Best Lawyers in America (Non-Profit/Charities Law and Trusts & Estates) since 2007, and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for his work in Equipment Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law and Tax Law. New Orleans City Business selected him for their Leadership in Law class of 2014, which “identifies and honors 50 outstanding legal professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community.”
Leon is active in the New Orleans community, serving on the Boards and Executive Committees of numerous non-profit organizations. In 2015, he served as chairman of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization’s Tax Law Advisory Committee.
Leon attended the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania where he studied economics and graduated magna cum laude. He returned home to attend Tulane University School of Law where he graduated magna cum laude. Leon was a summer associate at the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Will Garwood of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Prior to joining Liskow, Leon was a partner at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer.
“Leon Rittenberg has an excellent reputation among peers for his marine tax finance practice. He primarily represents mid-sized companies in a range of transactions.” – Chambers USA Review, 2023
Board Certified as a Tax Specialist and an Estate Planning & Administration Specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization
Leon is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a group of America’s very best tax attorneys.