Practice Areas
Industries
Bar and Court Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Education
  • George Washington University School of Law, J.D.
    with honors
  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation
  • Hamilton College, B.A.
    magna cum laude, with honors in Mathematics

Susan K. Dromsky-Reed, Member

973.403.3146 · 973.618.5546 Fax · sdromsky-reed@bracheichler.com

Co-Chair, Trusts and Estates

Susan Dromsky-Reed helps families and individuals create plans which can simply and easily transfer assets to their heirs, while taking into consideration necessary income, estate, and inheritance tax planning. Her goal is to provide peace of mind and to promote family harmony, during the planning process and during estate administration. As part of her practice, she provides individuals and families with planning and tax advice regarding spousal, intergenerational, and business succession; charitable planning; life insurance planning; and preparation of prenuptial agreements. She assists individuals in creating wills, irrevocable trusts, and living revocable trusts. She also helps clients draft and understand financial powers of attorney, living wills, and health care agent designations.

Susan works with her clients to implement sophisticated trust structures and gifting techniques, and provides fiduciary advice for ongoing trust management. She routinely assists clients with complex estate administration. She also counsels business owners on the best method and structure to transition a business to the next generation. In addition, Susan’s practice also includes providing advice to nonprofit entities, including formation and management of charitable trusts and private foundations, and ensuring that her clients understand the complex nonprofit rules and regulations.

Susan was admitted as a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in late 2015. The College represents a group of only a little over 2,600 trust and estate lawyers and law professors elected by their peers in the country. To qualify for membership, a lawyer must have no less than 10 years’ experience in the active practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. Lawyers and law professors are elected to be Fellows based on their outstanding reputation, exceptional skill, and substantial contributions to the field.

Susan is also the recipient of several honors and awards.  In 2020, she was selected to NJBIZ’ Best 50 Women in Business and was also named a Top Woman in the Law by the New Jersey Law Journal.  She has been chosen by her peers for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2017-2021 and to The Best Lawyers in America© from 2019 – 2021.

Additionally, Susan is a Trustee of the Essex County Estate Planning Council and a Board Member and Secretary of  Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ). EWNJ’s mission is to ensure that women have equal opportunity and representation in senior corporate leadership.  She also served as Chair of EWNJ’s Scholarship Committee for several years.

Susan was elected in 2018 to the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section Board of Consultors and, in 2020, was elected Board Secretary. The Board of Consultors is responsible for reviewing potential legislation and making recommendations for legislation and regulations to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Bar Association.  Each year, since 2006, Susan authors a chapter on the New Jersey inheritance and estate tax for the New Jersey Tax Handbook, published by American Lawyer Media.

In 2019, Susan was elected to the Executive Committee of Brach Eichler, the first woman in the firm’s history to assume this role.

Earlier in her career, Susan was a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Passero (Ret.), Superior Court of New Jersey, Passaic County, Family Part.

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Professional Activities
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  • Chair, Scholarship Committee, and Member of Board of Directors, Executive Women of New Jersey
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section Board of Consultors
  • Trustee, Essex County Estate Planning Council
Insights
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icon Press Releases, August 19, 2021
Seventeen Brach Eichler Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

Six Brach Eichler Attorneys Included in “Ones to Watch” – Two New to the List!

icon Press Releases, March 23, 2021
17 Brach Eichler Members Included in 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers

Twelve Attorneys also Named to New Jersey Rising Stars List This Year

icon Events, October 29, 2019
2019 Essex County Estate Planning Council Annual Meeting

Crestmont Country Club - West Orange, NJ

icon Articles, April 16, 2019
Brach Eichler Elects First Woman to Executive Committee

New Jersey Law Journal

icon Press Releases, April 9, 2019
Brach Eichler Appoints Susan Dromsky-Reed to Firm’s Executive Committee

icon Articles, March 14, 2019
EWNJ accepting applications for Graduate Merit Award Program

ROI-NJ (quoted in)

icon Books, January 15, 2019
New Jersey Tax Handbook, Published by American Lawyer Media

Chapter on New Jersey Inheritance and Estate Tax, 2006-2019 Editions

icon Lectures, October 24, 2018
Tax Strategies in the Trump Era: Unique Income and Estate Planning Concepts for Tax Professionals

2018 Essex County Estate Planning Council Annual Meeting

icon Lectures, August 22, 2018
GT Trust Administration Challenges: Post-Mortem Strategies to Minimize Generation Skipping Transfer Tax

Co-Presenter

icon Events, April 13, 2018
Dromsky-Reed Hosts New Jersey Inheritance Tax Roundtable

icon Lectures, February 9, 2018
Everyone Needs A Will and Other Simple But Valuable Information to Give Your Clients

Women Inspiring Women Female State Farm Agent Symposium

icon Lectures, January 24, 2018
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Implications and Considerations

Brach Eichler CPA Series

icon Lectures, October 26, 2017
Estate Planning, S Corporations and Trusts: The Intersection of Gifting Strategies, Income Tax and the Family Business

Brach Eichler CPA Series

icon Lectures, September 18, 2017
S Corporations and Partnerships: Significant Differences in Tax Treatment

Brach Eichler CPA Series

icon Lectures, May 25, 2017
Today’s Best Advanced Life Insurance Ideas Explained – In a Way That You Will Understand Them

2017 Essex County Estate Planning Council Annual Meeting

icon Lectures, April 5, 2017
NJ (Not So) Basic Estate Administration & Planning Program

Essex County Bar Foundation

icon Lectures, April 4, 2017
Estate Planning College: Overview Of New Jersey Death Taxes

NJICLE Panelist