Christiana "Tiana" Gianopulos works extensively in the areas of estate and tax planning, contested probate matters, and the representation of individual and professional fiduciaries. She also assists clients with planning and compliance for their offshore assets.
Prior to joining the firm, Tiana spent nearly 20 years at a "top ten" bank. As senior vice president and regional fiduciary officer, she co-chaired its regional trust committee, managed its fiduciary litigation portfolio, and developed policies and procedures relating to many aspects of its trust and estate administration business. Tiana also analyzed proposed legislation and coordinated the bank's response to new statutory and case law.
Tiana is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches Trusts and Estates. She has written and lectured on numerous topics and is a recognized thought leader on estate planning for LGBT individuals and couples. In 2003, when the Appellate Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry in Massachusetts in Goodridge v. Dept. of Public Health, she helped to establish Day Pitney's LGBT Planning practice group. Tiana has also written and lectured on Connecticut's Prudent Investor Act and its Principal and Income Act, common drafting errors and offshore disclosure by executors.
In 2014, Tiana was appointed to Connecticut's State Tax Panel which was charged with a comprehensive review of the State's tax policy.
Deeply committed to the Greater Hartford community, Tiana has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards, often as board chair. She currently serves as treasurer of the Alumni Association of the University of Connecticut School of Law and is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. In 2011, while chair of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center board of trustees, she received the Maria Miller Stewart "One Woman Makes a Difference" Award from the Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund. Tiana has also received awards for her volunteer efforts from The Hartford Courant, Shawmut National Corporation and the Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
Tiana serves on the leadership committees of the firm's LGBT affinity and ally group, Day Pitney Alliance, and its firm-wide women's initiative, Women Working Together (WWT®).
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) as a leading lawyer for wealthy individuals and families in Connecticut, 2017-2018
Maria Miller Stewart "One Woman Makes a Difference" Award, Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund ("CWEALF"), May 2011
Volunteer of the Year, Junior League of Hartford, Inc., May 1999
Community Minded Banker Award, Shawmut National Corporation, December 1999
Volunteer of the Year, The Hartford Courant, May 1985
AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis)
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Treasurer, University of Connecticut Law School Alumni Association, Inc. (Current)
Member, Professional Advisory Committee, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (Current)
State of Connecticut Tax Panel, Member
Art Advisory Board, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, Vice Chair
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Board of Trustees, Chair
Love Makes A Family Foundation, Director
Junior League of Hartford, Inc., President
Hartford College for Women, Trustee
Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, Director
Planned Parenthood of Connecticut Public Policy Fund, Director
Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April Hartford, Founding Director
WORKS/Laura Glenn Dance Company, Secretary
Asylum Hill, Inc., Director
Connecticut Valley Girl Scout Council, Director
Gray Lodge/The Shelter for Women, Director
Mount Holyoke Club of Hartford, President
Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Advisory Board, Co-Chair
Leadership Greater Hartford, Alumna
Mental Health Association of Connecticut, Director
United Way of the Capitol Area, Loaned Executive
Hill-Stead Museum, Guide