Ani C. Hovanessian

Ani Hovanessian

Ani Hovanessian is co-chair of Venable's East Coast Estate Planning Group. Ani focuses on estate planning, business succession planning, and charitable gifting. She 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.  She advises her clients 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 provide her clients with a fully integrated solution. 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.

She also advises executors and trustees on their fiduciary duties and on the administration of estates and U.S. and offshore trusts.

Additionally, Ani implements family governance structures to educate and involve successive generations on the stewardship of wealth. Her 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.




  • J.D. New York University School of Law 1995
  • Staff editor, Review of Law and Social Change
  • B.A. with distinction Stanford University 1992

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, New York, 2020 - 2021
  • Crain's New York Business, Notable Women in Law, 2020