Jeffrey K. Gonya

Gonya Jeffrey

Jeff Gonya helps high-net-worth individuals, families, fiduciaries, and charitable foundations with a wide range of estate planning, trust, and tax matters. Jeff manages the administration of estates and trusts of all sizes, and serves as trustee for many clients, counseling them and their families on financial, business, insurance, and charitable giving issues.

Jeff assists clients with tax minimization and succession planning strategies that preserve wealth for their heirs. He prepares estate, gift, and fiduciary income tax returns, and represents clients in tax court regarding audits and other tax-related matters. He has also negotiated and settled numerous matters with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 


Representative Matters

  • Serves as trustee and legal advisor to a U.S. charity that owns and operates a wildlife conservancy and scientific research center in Kenya; represents the organization in negotiations with other charities, universities, and governments in the United States, Africa, Europe, and Central America




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

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Georgia (inactive)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section on Taxation
  • Life fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation 
  • Life fellow, Baltimore Bar Foundation
  • Member, Professional Advisor Recognition Society of the Baltimore Community Foundation


  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates, Baltimore, 2021
    • Trusts and Estates, 2006 – 2023
    • Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2006 – 2023
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (Band 1), Maryland, 2017, 2020 - 2022
  • Legal 500, Domestic Tax: East Coast, 2012 – 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Peer Review Rated



  • Serves on board of trustees of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Inc.
  • Acts as trustee of the Friends School of Baltimore and serves on the board of the Middle Grades Partnership