Overview

In her role as Chief Fiduciary Officer, Leslie works to ensure consistency and best practices where Sentinel Trust is named as trustee, executor, or agent. A background in business litigation and nearly 25 years of experience administering trusts informs her work serving clients with complex fiduciary needs.

Prior to joining Sentinel Trust, Leslie was a Market Trust Executive for Bank of America and provided fiduciary counsel for a regional bank. In the first decade of her career, she litigated complex financial transactions on behalf of clients while in private practice. She also taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center for twelve years.

Leslie is active in the fiduciary community; she has served in leadership roles with the Texas Bankers Association, Houston Estate and Financial Forum, Houston Business and Estate Planning Council, the Houston Bar Association Probate, Trusts and Estate Section Council and is a frequent presenter of continuing education for state and local bar associations and estate planning councils. She holds an AEP designation from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

Professional Background:

  • Senior Vice President and Market Trust Executive, Bank of America, N.A., Houston, TX (1997–2006) – Responsibilities included management of personal trust and estate administrators, marketing, financial and estate planning advice, compliance, real estate, fiduciary litigation and risk management in Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Previously held positions of Trust Team Lead and Fiduciary Counsel.
  • Assistant General Counsel, Vice President and Trust Officer, Charter National Bank, Houston, TX (1995–1997)
  • Shareholder, Cunningham Burke Amann & Brooks, PC, Houston, TX (1993–1994)
  • Attorney, Reynolds & Cunningham and predecessor firms, Houston, TX (1987–1993)

Professional Organizations:

  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Estate & Financial Forum, President
  • Texas Bankers Association Wealth Management and Trust Advisory Board, Former Chair
  • Houston Business & Estate Planning Council, Member and Former President
  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Corporate Counsel Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Probate, Trust and Estate Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, Treasurer
  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Member
  • Texas State Bar College, Member

Education

University of Houston, JD (1987)

The University of Texas at Austin, additional graduate studies (1977–1978)

Texas State University, BA in Music and Education and Texas Teaching Certificate (1976)

TALKS

Talks:

  • “The Uniform Principal and Income and Uniform Prudent Investor Acts and the Power to Adjust From the Perspective of a Professional Trustee” – Houston Estate and Financial Forum, San Antonio Estate Planning Council, Midland Estate Planning Council
  • “Discretionary Distributions – Old Rules and New Perspectives” – El Paso Estate Planning Council, Texas Bankers Association Advanced Trust Seminars, Arkansas Bankers Association Annual Trust Seminar
  • “Criteria for Selecting a Fiduciary – Choosing the Perfect Birdcage” – South Texas College of Law Annual Wills and Probate Institute
  • Texas Bankers Association Wealth Management and Trust School and Graduate Trust School, Faculty Member
INSIGHTS

On Watch – February 2012

In this issue:
“Miscalculating Portfolio Liquidity—A Lesson Learned from 2008” by D. Fort Flowers, Jr., CFA
“How to Be a Great Trustee” by Leslie Kiefer Amann, JD
“Understanding Roles and Responsibilities in Family Businesses” by Ross W. Nager, CPA

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On Watch – November 2011

In this issue:
“Have I Got a Great (Direct) Deal for You!” by D. Fort Flowers, Jr., CFA
“Should You Make Gifts?” by Ross W. Nager, CPA
“What Are The Important Papers?” by Leslie Kiefer Amann, JD

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On Watch – August 2010

In this issue:
“The 10 Deadly Sins in Estate Planning” by Ross W. Nager, CPA
“Truths for Trustees” by Leslie Kiefer Amann, JD
“Real Estate Opportunities: Putting the Pieces Together” by Bruce L. Swanson, PhD
“Conflicts of Interest—Eliminate or Illuminate?” by Anthony J. DeToto

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