Jeff Raley


Education and Clerkships

LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1995

J.D., University of Tulsa College of Law, 1994, with honors; Production Editor, Tulsa Law Journal; Order of the Curule Chair

, Texas A&M University, 1985

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1994

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court


Jeffrey Raley’s practice primarily involves estate planning for individuals with a focus on transfers of wealth to future generations while often implementing strategies to minimize estate and gift taxes, preserve wealth, and provide for business succession planning. In the course of handling these types of representations, Jeff has represented a wide variety of clients, including entrepreneurs, closely-held business owners, professionals, and corporate executives, assisting them to reach their goals.

Jeff also represents fiduciaries, both individual and corporate, and beneficiaries in estate and trust administration proceedings. Jeff has prepared and reviewed a significant number of estate tax and gift tax returns, provided advice regarding estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and has participated in numerous examinations of estate and gift tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service.

Jeff is accustomed to working with other advisors in a team based approach that is designed to specifically meet a client’s needs. Jeff is an active member of several estate planning organizations where Jeff interacts with a network of certified public accountants, financial advisors, wealth managers, and insurance agents, many of whom are engaged by his clients and are part of such teams.

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Trusts and Estates, 2014-2016

Professional and Community Activities

  • State Bar of Texas: Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Houston Bar Association: Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum
  • Houston Business & Estate Planning Council
  • Certified Public Accountant, Texas


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Maintains Strong Presence in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

The Best Lawyers in America 2016, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 114 Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers across more than 60 practice areas.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2015


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