Charles Lubar

Counsel  |  McDermott Will & Emery

United States (MD, DC) (Inactive)
England and Wales


International personal tax and estate planning
International asset holding structures
Philanthropy and charitable giving, including dual resident charities


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Servicing multinational families with respect to their tax and personal issues.

How did you get into private client?

I’m trained as an orthodox tax lawyer – I was with the Chief Tax Advisor of Internal Revenue. My earliest practice in London followed that line, which meant that it was corporate plus individual, with a piece of estate planning. I’ve done a lot of corporate work over the years, as I was trained to do. In the years I stayed in London, there were fewer and fewer US trained tax lawyers that could do personal work. I gravitated towards that as I was well wired with exposure to multi-jurisdictional families. It turned out this area of the law was badly serviced and many individuals had cross border tax issues, both in the US and UK. This allowed me to build a practice without thinking about it, through getting the exposure.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Embed yourself into the community that you serve, through charities, local and international legal associations, university alumni groups and civic groups and keep abreast of changes in the tax law.

What is your favourite quote?

“So long as Horatio Alger means anything to the American people, Karl Marx will be just another German philosopher.”

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I used to be a competitive golfer – I played golf for Yale. My lowest handicap was 2, when I tried to qualify for the US Open. I played competitively until I got out of law school. I also enjoy running, the gym. I ran a rock and roll band in Yale and I entertained McDermott’s with our group- singing and playing guitar.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

We support Jeremy King and Chris Corbin in their collection of restaurants – The Wolseley, The Delaunay. In our local area, we like Lucio’s in South Kensington.