Sarah J. Brownlow

Sarah Brownlow is an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Private Clients group. She has significant experience counseling families and fiduciaries on various estate planning and administration matters.

What do you focus on?

Estate and Tax Planning

I guide clients through the complexities of sophisticated estate planning. In that regard, I work closely with clients to develop and implement tax-efficient estate plans tailored to the unique circumstances of each family. I also assist entrepreneurs in formulating effective business succession plans to eliminate ambiguity and minimize tax liability for both the business and family.

I regularly advise clients on international estate planning, including the U.S. tax implications of foreign transactions and the multi-jurisdictional tax issues facing international families. I assist individuals and businesses of all types with U.S. immigration matters and related international tax issues and also represents U.S. as well as international individuals and families with tax and estate planning.

My goal is to determine a long-term strategy for foreign nationals wishing to live or work in the U.S. and then help the client to implement it.

Estate and Trust Administration

I work with fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all phases of the administration of estates and trusts, including Surrogate’s Court litigation. I am sensitive to a family’s need for efficient administration and work diligently with executors and trustees to accomplish that goal.

Charitable Giving and Exempt Organizations

I help clients achieve their philanthropic goals by implementing innovative charitable giving techniques that minimize income and estate tax liability while ensuring maximum benefit to the charitable beneficiaries. In addition, I advise the directors and trustees of private foundations, public charities and charitable trusts on a variety of corporate and tax issues, including operational best practices and compliance with state and federal regulations.

What do you see on the horizon?

Recent tax law changes on both the federal and state levels have created new opportunities to preserve and transfer wealth, but have likewise introduced new complexities to estate planning. For example, income tax implications have assumed a new importance when implementing investment and estate planning strategies. I see an increased need for flexible estate plans that can easily adapt to meet our clients’ needs in this ever-evolving landscape.


Sarah J. Brownlow



Phone: 585-263-1062

Fax: 844-801-1793

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D.

The College of William and Mary, B.B.A., Business Management (Finance)

New York

  • Designated an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by the Daily Record’s Excellence in Law awards (2018)
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