Brian D. Cororve

Our clients are successful families and individuals who count on us to explain sophisticated concepts in simple terms, explore every option available and give them peace of mind knowing they’re making the best decisions. The most rewarding part of my practice is helping clients navigate the complex web of legal, tax and financial issues and working together with the client’s other advisers to design a strategy that will have a positive impact on their family and business from generation to generation.

Leader of the firm's Estate Planning Practice Group, Brian Cororve brings more than 20 years of experience to counseling high-net-worth families, entrepreneurs and professionals on the most effective strategies for protecting sophisticated assets and business interests, preserving wealth through multiple generations and minimizing estate and gift taxes. His practice encompasses all aspects of complex estate planning, probate and estate administration, trust structuring and administration, asset protection planning and business succession planning. Brian is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Brian has substantial experience in developing a wide variety of advanced wealth preservation strategies tailored to each client’s unique family dynamics and business interests, including family limited partnerships and all types of revocable and irrevocable trusts. He has also guided individual and institutional trustees to favorable results in numerous trust modification and reformation proceedings.

In addition to planning, Brian helps executors and family members navigate every phase of complex will probates and estate administration, including asset gathering and appraisal, payment of the decedent’s debts, filing estate tax returns and distributing assets to beneficiaries. Although disputes between family members are often unavoidable when significant assets and business interests are at stake, Brian always explores every option available to prevent litigation and in some cases, helps clients negotiate family settlement agreements whenever possible to avoid the cost and stress of a prolonged courtroom battle.

Brian understands that the most challenging problems can be solved by an interdisciplinary team dedicated to protecting the client’s interests. When a problem involves unique issues that go beyond his practice focus and require a more holistic approach, Brian draws on the diverse skills and experience of colleagues in the firm to design the best strategy that will achieve the client’s goals. He also collaborates with his clients’ existing teams of family accountants, financial advisers and life insurance professionals to share ideas and maximize the effectiveness of his clients’ estate planning and wealth preservation strategies.

Thought Leadership / News
February 5, 2019 
 In the News

Texas Lawyer (subscription required)

October 9, 2015 
 Speeches and Presentations
It Toggles the Mind: Thoughts on Grantor Trusts and How to Turn Them On and Off

2015 State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Estate Planning m& Probate Drafting Course 

June 11, 2014 
 Speeches and Presentations
Portability in the New Age of Estate Planning

2014 State Bar of Texas 38th Annual Adv. Estate Planning & Probate Course

April 17, 2014 
 Speeches and Presentations
Panel Discussion:  Planning with Oil and Gas Interests

2014 Houston Business and Estate Planning Council

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Trusts & Estates Law (2021 - 2022)
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly  (2015 – 2021)
  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2020)
Organizational Involvement
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Probate, Trusts and Estate Section, Board Member
  • Houston Business and Estate Planning Council, Board Member
  • Society of Financial Service Professionals, former Board member
  • American Bar Association
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law (1998)
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Washington University in St. Louis (1995)
Bar Admission
  • Texas (1998)
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Watching sports - I'm a lifelong Houston sports fan (through all the good times and bad)
  • Enjoying the diverse and thriving Houston food scene
  • Spending time with the family watching movies, walking the dog (Penny) and enjoying all the wonderful cultural opportunities that Houston has to offer