Nancy Nowlin Kerr

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7173
San Antonio
United States
T:+1 210 270 7173
Nancy Nowlin Kerr

Nancy Nowlin Kerr



Nancy Kerr assists high net worth individuals in wealth transfer planning by formulating and implementing estate plans that meet clients' personal and tax-saving objectives.

Nancy joined the San Antonio office in 1984. Her practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, philanthropic planning, and business succession planning. She was certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1991.

Professional experience

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JD, honors, St. Mary's University School of Law, 1984
MA, Urban Planning, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1981
BA, American Studies, Wellesley College, 1971

While in law school, Nancy was Editor-in-Chief of the St. Mary's Law Journal and number one in her graduating class.

She was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1984.

  • Texas State Bar
  • Designing wealth transfer and succession plans that minimize gift, estate, inheritance and generation-skipping taxes
  • Facilitating lifetime and testamentary charitable giving
  • Working with business owners to minimize income and other taxes and to create a management and ownership succession plan
  • Devising strategies to fund the costs of education for family members and to assist them during their formative years
  • Coordinating and conducting family meetings with the appropriate business advisors to facilitate wealth education among family members and to provide a forum for informed discussion of wealth management
  • Counseling clients on medical and health care arrangements for themselves and family members
  • Preparing pre- and post-marital property agreements addressing community and separate property issue and potential claims
  • Establishing family foundations, non-profit organizations, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and closely held corporations, and providing ongoing legal advice to support their administrations
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2005 - 2013
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
  • Lawyer of the Year, San Antonio: Trusts and Estates, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2006 - 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Trusts and Estates, Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2023
  • Texas Women Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2014

Nancy often speaks with local professional organizations on the topics of estate planning and business succession planning.

  • Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (designation awarded by Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)
  • Texas Academy of Probate and Trust lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Taxation Section
  • San Antonio Estate Planner's Council 
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chairman, Planned Giving Advisory Council of the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • University of Texas Health Science Center
    • Planned Giving Committee
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • American Red Cross
    • San Antonio Area Chapter, Director and Chairman of Planned Giving Committee
  • Cibolo Nature Center
  • Texas Wildflower Research Center
  • San Antonio Botanical Society
  • The Witte Museum Association - Quillin Society
  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • Texas Quarter Horse Association