Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Georgia (inactive)


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986
  • B.A., with high distinction, University of Virginia, 1983
    Echols Scholar
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Jeffrey K. Gonya


As partner-in-charge of Venable‚Äôs Tax and Wealth Planning practice, Jeff Gonya works with individuals and family groups to carry out their estate planning objectives while minimizing estate, gift, and other transfer taxes. Jeff provides sophisticated estate and gift tax planning as well as advice regarding charitable giving. Jeff serves as a trustee or advisor for many families. Jeff also represents clients in estate and gift tax audits and supervises the administration of numerous estates. He also represents a number of charities and foundations.

Representative Clients

Clients are primarily individuals of high net worth, fiduciaries and charities.

Significant Matters

Jeff has over thirty years of experience providing sophisticated tax and estate planning advice for his clients. He helps clients preserve and protect wealth for their spouses, children and grandchildren and advises clients on the best tax minimization and succession planning methods.

Serving as a trustee for many clients, Jeff provides advice and support to clients and their families on financial, business, insurance and family office issues.

Jeff also supervises the administration of estates and trusts of all sizes, including the preparation of estate, gift and fiduciary income tax returns. Jeff represents estates and trusts in estate and gift tax audits, including appeals and U.S. Tax Court matters. He has successfully negotiated and settled numerous matters with the Internal Revenue Service. Jeff serves as trustee of and legal advisor to a U.S. charity that owns and operates a wildlife conservancy and scientific research center in Kenya. As part of this representation, Jeff has represented the charity in negotiations with other charities, universities and governments in the U.S., Africa, Europe and Central America. Jeff also represents many family foundations as well as other public charities.


Jeff is a Trustee of the Friends School of Baltimore and serves on the Board of the Middle Grades Partnership. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Inc. Jeff currently serves as the Chair of the Tax Practice Management Committee and the Vice Chair of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation. Jeff is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.