Gordon S. Dickens

Partner

Gordon S. Dickens

Partner

Contact

Direct: 585-987-2851
Fax: 585-445-2351
gdickens@woodsoviatt.com
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At a Glance

Gordon S. Dickens is a Partner in the firm and is the chairperson of the Labor and Employment Department, responsible for handling all labor and employment related issues. He is also a member of the firm's Family Wealth & Estate Planning Department and practices in the areas of estate planning, elder law, estate administration and estate litigation.

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Education

Brigham Young University J.D., Summa Cum Laude

Brigham Young University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude

Bar Admissions

State of New York

Key Representative Matters

  • Represented the beneficiary of a Will which was contested by estranged family members who alleged that the decedent lacked testamentary capacity due to medical issues including alcohol abuse and was subject to undue influence. Upheld the decedent's Will and testamentary plan resulting in the beneficiary receiving in excess of 1.2 million dollars. (In re: Estate of Lilliot)
  • Represented the Executor of a Decedent's Estate which owned numerous closely held real estate entities in connection with Federal and New York State estate tax audits. Achieved estate tax savings in excess of 20 million dollars utilizing discounts for lack of marketability, lack of control and key person.
  • Represented Harvard University, the Paul Klee Museum and the Sisson family in overturning a Will and recovering nearly 3 million dollars of artwork and other assets. (In re: Estate of Sisson)
  • Represented the beneficiaries of a Will which was contested on the grounds of lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence because the decedent was suffering from brain cancer. Upheld the validity of the Will, resulting in the beneficiaries receiving their nearly 4 million dollar bequest. (In re: Estate of Malone)
  • Represented a widow who was denied life insurance proceeds by her deceased husband's former employer. Recovered the insurance proceeds, plus interest and attorneys' fees, resulting in a recovery in excess of $250,000. (Matter of Klimbach)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the Labor and Employment Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Trusts & Estates Sections of the New York State and Monroe County Bar Associations

Honors

  • Listed in current edition of "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America in Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected a “Super Lawyer" in Employment and Labor Law.
  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers" in Litigation for Trust and Estates.

Other

  • Frequent speaker on employment and labor law and estate planning and estate litigation topics.

Community Involvement

  • Past member of the Fairport/Perinton Chemical Use Advisory Council to promote a drug-free community and prevent alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Active in the Boy Scouts of America, both as a former scoutmaster and committee member for Troop.
  • Served in various leadership and volunteer positions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Practice Areas: Asset Protection Planning • Business Succession Planning • Employee Benefits / Executive Compensation • Employment & Labor Litigation • Employment & Non-Competition Agreements • Employment Counseling and Compliance • Estate & Trust Administration • Estate & Trust Litigation • Family Wealth Planning • Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements • Retirement Benefit Planning • Union / Collective Bargaining • Wage & Hour Litigation • Workplace Safety / OSHA • Elder Law / Long Term Health Care and Medicaid Planning • Special Needs Planning • Estate & Trust Taxation • Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples