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Dina Kapur Sanna

Partner  |  Day Pitney

United States (NY)


Cross border estate and income tax planning, including pre-immigration tax planning, structuring foreign investment in US and creation of foreign trust structures by non-US persons to transmit wealth to US beneficiaries.


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

There is still fallout from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017, which heralded the most significant changes to the US international tax system since the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Advising multinational families on its impact has been a highlight and a significant undertaking. I have also been doing a lot of inbound planning in moving to the US and setting up structures, in particular.

How did you get into private client?

I started my career as an ERISA tax attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. I quickly learned that ERISA was too dry. I enjoyed tax, but wanted the personal component. I left and joined Cadwalader to focus on the private client practice and started to work with Bob Lawrence, who is a pioneer in private client. This is where I started my international work, later joining Day Pitney.

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

Treat every colleague like your client and every matter like it counts. In the end, your most important asset is your professional reputation.

What is your favourite quote?

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." Thomas Jefferson.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I like to exercise, cook, read and travel.