Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 1995
    Staff Editor, Review of Law and Social Change
  • B.A., Political Science and Psychology, with distinction, Stanford University, 1992
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Ani C. Hovanessian


Ani C. Hovanessian is a partner and chair of the New York Tax and Wealth Planning Group of Venable, where she focuses on estate planning, business succession planning, and charitable gifting.

Ani serves as personal general counsel to high-net-worth families and individuals, including private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital principals; executives of privately and publicly held businesses; family business owners; entrepreneurs; real estate investors; and art collectors, whom she advises on the complexities of strategic wealth transference, business succession, and asset protection planning, which includes premarital and postmarital planning. Ani works with her client's investment advisors, accountants, business managers, and insurance consultants to integrate their wealth agenda. She is a resource and legal sounding board, ensuring that the client's team understands and advances a sophisticated planning approach and is responsive to changes in the law.

Ani also advises executors and trustees on their fiduciary duties and on the administration of estates and domestic and offshore trusts. Additionally, she implements family governance structures to educate and involve successive generations on the stewardship of wealth. Ani's clients not only value her legal guidance; they also appreciate her focus on developing long-term, meaningful relationships with successive generations to create a lasting legacy.