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David Wallace Wilson

Partner, Private Wealth  |  Schellenberg Wittmer

United States


Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Dispute resolution


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

On the transactional side, the sale purchase of rare and exquisite musical instruments. The area of arts within the private wealth sphere is booming. Selling such rare instruments – from negotiating, to after sale service –is very interesting and an unusual side of the practice.

How did you get into private client?

I was fond of trusts even at university, and started a dedicated website to the topic during my LLM. I knew this was an area of interest in which I wanted to specialize in, and focused on trust, estates and taxation during my LLM. My mentor, who founded this firm, was looking for an associate in private clients, and I was the perfect fit.

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

Stray hungry, stay humble.

What is your favourite quote?

“The more corrupt the republic, the more numerous the laws." Tacitus.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I am an avid gardener and watcher of the Gardener's World!

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

A nice, family run, small restaurant called Monte Bianco – just two blocks from our office!