Jackson Walker Welcomes Claire Raggio and Brian Merkley to Dallas Wealth Planning Group

September 1, 2021 | Attorney News



Jackson Walker proudly welcomes Claire N. Raggio and Brian Merkley to the Dallas office. Claire joins the Firm as a partner and the chair of the Dallas Wealth Planning group, and Brian joins as senior counsel.

“We are really excited to have Claire and Brian join our Wealth Planning group,” said Sam Hildebrand, who chairs the Firm’s Wealth Planning practice. “They bring a fresh and personal approach to helping clients grow, protect, and convey their wealth to their families and charities. I look forward to working with them both.”

“They bring a fresh and personal approach to helping clients grow, protect, and convey their wealth to their families and charities.”

Also a licensed certified public accountant, Claire is well-versed in the various complex issues that arise when dealing with gift, estate, and income tax matters. Her practice is primarily devoted to advising high-net-worth individuals regarding trusts, estate planning, probate, and estate administration. She also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries of estates and trusts and advises clients regarding related business and tax planning matters.

She received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law and her B.B.A. and M.S. in Accounting from Southern Methodist University.

Brian advises individuals and closely held businesses in preparing and implementing plans that preserve and transfer wealth, achieve business objectives, and protect assets from potential claims and lawsuits. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Brian received his J.D. from Oklahoma City University School of Law and his B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma.

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Founded more than 130 years ago, Jackson Walker has played a vital role in the growth and development of Texas business. With more than 400 attorneys across seven Texas-based offices, the Firm represents Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, major financial institutions, insurance companies, and a wide range of public companies and private businesses around the globe. The Firm is ranked nationally in 27 practice areas in the U.S. News’ “Best Law Firms” rankings, has 14 Chambers-ranked practices, and has been recognized as a BTI Client Service A-Team since 2014.


In This Story

Sam K. Hildebrand
Partner, Austin

Brian Merkley
Senior Counsel, Dallas

Claire N. Raggio
Partner, Dallas

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