Gordon Wright is past Chair of the Firm’s Estate Planning Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Trusts, Estates & Personal Planning Service Team.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and estate administration, employee benefits and taxation.

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J.D., Stanford University, 1982

B.A., Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude; 1979

  • Phi Beta Kappa




  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Trusts & Estates and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2006-2021
  • Best Lawyers® 2012 and 2020 Louisville Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Recognized among Kentucky Super Lawyers® in the areas of Estate & Probate and Employee Benefits Law
  • Recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in the areas of employee benefits law and trusts, wills & estates law by Louisville Magazine, March 2012
  • Louisville Bar Association Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer Award


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Employee Benefits Committee and Fiduciary Income Tax Committee
  • Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Louisville Estate Planning Council, Member, Executive Committee
  • Louisville Employee Benefits Council, Past President and Member, Executive Committee
  • Louisville Deferred Compensation Practitioners


  • Central Presbyterian Church, Elder
  • AIDS Interfaith Ministries, Board of Directors
  • St. William Neighborhood Center, Financial Committee


  • Panelist, “Getting Inside Obergefell: Marriage Equality’s Implications for Kentucky Law,” University of Louisville School of Law, January 2016
  • “Basics of Estate Planning for Retirement Assets,” Kentucky Bar Association, June 2011.
  • “Notable Tax Developments of Interest to Estate Planners,” Tenth Annual Vincennes University Wills, Trusts, and Ethics Institute, December 2008.
  • “Publicity `Tests´ and (Dis)agreements: Evaluating Risks and Rewards of Testamentary and Revocable Trust Planning,” 35th Annual Midwest/Midsouth Estate Planning Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law, July 2008.
  • “Post-Mortem Estate Planning and Income Tax Savings Strategies,” Southern Indiana Estate Planning Council, January 2008.
  • “Notable Tax Developments of Interest to Estate Planners,” Vincennes University Estate Planning Institute, December 2007.
  • “Non-Tax Aspects of Family Business Succession Planning,” Louisville Bar Association, September 2007.
  • “Dealing with the Other Tax: Income Tax Problems In Estate Administration,” 34th Annual Mid-West/Midsouth Estate Planning Institute, University of Kentucky College of Law, July 2007.
  • “How to Correct Planning Errors Discovered After Death,” Moderator, WebCredenza, Inc. National Teleseminar, July 2005.
  • “Estate Planning and the New Bankruptcy Law,” Louisville Bar Association, April 2005.