Rodney C. Koenig

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
T:+1 713 651 5333
United States
T:+1 713 651 5333
Rodney C. Koenig

Rodney C. Koenig


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Rod Koenig has been practicing law in the Houston office for over five decades.  His broad and extensive experience includes estate planning, estate administration, creation of trusts, foundations, charitable trusts, insurance trusts, controversies, international estate planning, including qualified domestic trusts for resident and non-resident aliens.

Rod focuses on the representation of trust fiduciaries and beneficiaries in controversy, administration and tax matters, retirement plan and IRA distributions, and advising on insurance and creditor protection planning.

Rod served in the U.S. Navy as both Chief Engineer and Bridge Officer on destroyers during the Vietnam War.

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JD, honors, Order of the Coif,  University of Texas Law School, 1969
BA, Government, University of Texas, 1962

Rod was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1969.

  • Texas State Bar
  • The Best Lawyers in America, trusts and estates, Best Lawyers, 1989 - 2010
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003 - 2009
  • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2013 - 2014
  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis
  • Distinguished Alumnus, UT Naval ROTC, 2013
  • Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany, 1994
  • "What You and Your Clients Need to Know About Charitable Planning," Austin Advisor's Forum, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, April 20, 2012
  • "Non-Resident and Resident Alien Issues (With Emphasis on the Exit Tax on Green Card Holders)," German Business Round Table, Houston, Texas, January 11, 2011
  • "Non-Resident and Resident Alien Clients," Texas Bankers Advanced Trust Forum, Dallas, Texas, November 6, 2008 
  • "Philanthropy Through the Eyes of Donors' Attorney," Big XII Development Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, March 9, 2005
  • "Estate Planning for Non-Resident and Resident Aliens," 2002 CLE Conference, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, January 5, 2002
  • "Planning for College Costs-Qualified State Tuition Programs to Lottery Winnings," National CLE Conference, Vail, Colorado, January 5, 2000
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Academician
    • Past Executive Council
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Charter Member and Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Agricultural Law Committee, Former Chair
    • Advanced Estate Planning Course, Course Director
  • Houston Bar Association, Sustaining Life Fellow
  • Auburn University, Former Assistant Professor of Naval Science
  • Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1978)
  • University of Texas at Austin, Planned Giving Advisory Council, Past Co-Chairman 
  • Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, Austin
    • Past Executive Committee, Treasurer
  • James Dick Foundation, Round Top, Trustee
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church Foundation, Past President
  • Texas Lutheran University Corporation, Prior Board Member
  • Houston Early Music, Past President, Current Advisory Board
  • Bach Society Houston, Board Member
  • German-Texan Heritage Society, Past President, Current Advisory Board and Columnist
  • Houston Saengerbund, Past President and Singer
  • Houston-Leipzig Sister City Association, Board
  • English Speaking Union, Houston, Board Member and Past Vice President
  • Orton Foundation, Trustee
  • Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, Trustee
  • Luck & Loessin Collection Trust, Trustee
  • Crawford and Hattie Jackson Foundation, Board Member
  • Williams Foundation, Trustee 
  • USS San Jacinto Committee, Treasurer
  • Houston Navy League, Past President, Current Judge Advocate
  • Battleship Texas Commission, Former Commissioner
  • University of Texas, NROTC Alumni, Past President
  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Gift Advisory Board
  • Main Street Theater, Houston, Advisory Board Member
  • Midshipmans Foundation, UT Austin, Board Member and President
  • Black Jack Springs Cemetery Association, President
  • Sons of Republic of Texas (Monument Hill), President
  • German