A former head of Merrill Lynch’s Family Office Services has left to join Houston-based law firm, Fulbright & Jaworski.

Glen Eichelberger was hired as a partner in the Texas firm’s trusts and estates practice.

“Fulbright’s highly regarded trusts and estate practice together with its focus on client service made it the right next step,” Eichelberger said in a statement.

At Merrill, which is a unit of Bank of America [BAC], Eichelberger’s family office unit was part of the brokerage firm’s private banking and investment group.

Pam Easton, a spokeswoman for the law firm, said the new partner’s  “first day was yesterday and he’ll be working in the Houston office primarily.”

Fulbright, best known for its energy practice, described Eichelberger’s practice as devoted “exclusively to wealth transfer planning,” specifically “complex estate and philanthropic planning for clients of substantial wealth.”

The 46-year-old Eichelberger also brings a background in overall risk management and insurance planning, family business entity consulting and more, the firm’s statement continued. He is also a certified public accountant and the immediate past chair of the Houston Bar Association’s Probate, Trust and Estate section.

“Glen is an ideal fit given his unique experience with the financial industry and his extensive understanding of trust and estates issues that families and individuals face,” said Jack Allender, the head of Fulbright’s tax department.

Besides Texas, Fulbright & Jaworski has 16 offices in cities such as Dubai, London, Munich, New York, Riyadh, Beijing and Hong Kong.


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