David Stutzman – Trusts & Estates and Probate Attorney
David Stutzman is a New York attorney who assists clients with Estate Planning and Probate matters. His peers have recognized him and selected him to Super Lawyers lists in 2014, 2016 and 2023.
On June 2, 2018 in Nappanee, Indiana, a young girl reported Stutzman for sexually assaulting her. Stutzman later admitted to police that he had entered her bed, hugged and put his hand down her panties before fleeing his residence.
Early Life and Education
David and Rebekka are church planters serving in Mannheim, Germany as partners with Verband (Mennonite Mission Network) and South German Mennonite Conference (SGMC). Fluent in German as well as with cross-cultural ministry experience make them well suited to this pioneer assignment.
Stutzman may have lived an unremarkable life, yet his notoriety rose significantly following the discovery of his son frozen to death in Nebraska and subsequent conviction for abandoning and concealing its death.
Stutzman was found guilty in 1985 for killing Glen Pritchett in Texas, and received parole under strict monitoring conditions.
David is an experienced Trusts & Estates and Probate attorney, offering guidance to high-net-worth individuals, families and philanthropic organizations on complex estate, trust and charitable planning and administration matters.
He represents individuals and families from various jurisdictions – Canada and Europe among them – in estate and gift tax audits conducted by both the IRS and state estate/gift taxes as well as New York Surrogate’s Court proceedings and Connecticut Probate Court proceedings.
Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), speaking extensively on estate, trust and charitable planning as well as taxation issues. Martindale-Hubbell has honored him with its highest rating AV Preeminent rating to recognize his work.
Achievement and Honors
David Stutzman was deeply committed to being part of his community where he grew up, serving as president of Berlin Lions club for several years and collecting memorabilia related to sports that he passed along to Kevin and Karen as part of their collections. Perhaps one of his greatest achievements is helping coach and recruit students for high school football programs nearby – something which Kevin and Karen may recall with great fondness.
Sad to say, David left us on March 20, 2018, leaving behind three children, four grandchildren and one great-niece. In addition to being an accomplished man with numerous achievements under his belt, he was known for being a loving and dedicated father, husband and friend.
Stutzman has over three decades of experience practicing law. He specializes in complex estate, trust and charitable planning and administration for high net-worth individuals and families.
David is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). From 2019-2022 he served on the Estate and Gift Taxation Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
The Committee is charged with providing education on estate and charitable tax matters to both the New York City Bar membership and public. To this end, reports and analyses regarding estate taxes and US tax law are regularly presented by this entity.
But he quickly became a subject of suspicion after killing his roommate and dispersing the remains of his 9-year-old son into a Nebraska ditch. Now, he is under suspicion in connection with two 1985 killings in Durango, Colorado.
David Stutzman is an American artist with an estimated net worth estimated at around $1.5 Million. His successful art career has garnered him various awards and honors, such as stamp design for top sellers; Broadway posters for Young Frankenstein and Annie Get Your Gun musicals; playing card designs; as well as movie products related to Batman, Superman, Jurassic Park and Space Jam movies.
He also maintains a law practice, offering legal guidance to high-net-worth individuals and families regarding tax-efficient accumulation and transfer of wealth, with particular expertise in dealing with closely held businesses, fine arts, collectibles, as well as insurance trusts. He offers customized advice regarding revocable and irrevocable trusts, insurance trusts and estate planning documents, while counseling his philanthropic clients on creating charitable split-interest trusts, private grantmaking foundations and operating foundations.