Kent D. Lawson

+1 415 967 0201

Kent D. Lawson

Principal  |  Vela International Tax Advisory
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States
California

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Global tax planning
Compliance
Controversy matters for private clients

RECOMMENDED SPECIALISMS

Q&A

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

Using an international tax treaty to help save a business with several thousand employees that was in jeopardy due to onerous tax law changes.

What sets you apart from your peers?

I am often able to solve problems that my peers cannot because my advice is informed by a deeper understanding of international tax law and is also more creative and flexible.

What is your favourite quote?

"My only regret in life is that I have not drunk more champagne.” - John Maynard Keynes


Wei Zhang

+852 3711 1644

Wei Zhang

Partner, Registered Foreign Lawyer  |  Withersworldwide
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

California, USA
New York, USA
Connecticut, USA


Adam Streisand

+1 310 228 3727

Adam Streisand

Partner  |  Sheppard Mullin
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

California

Q&A

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

My swift, strategic and surgical strategy that lead to victory for actress Elizabeth Hurley establishing her son’s right to inheritance under trusts established by American billionaire Peter Bing. Victory for widow of rock star Tom Petty in a ferocious battle with his daughters.

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

As my grandfather used to say, “anyone can say he is Muhammad Ali. Someday you have to step into the ring and prove it.” Forget the marketing. Strive for excellence and the clients and tributes will come.

What is your favourite quote?

“Sometimes in nature, a lion bears an ass.” Abraham Lincoln. And as a result, I have had a long and prosperous career fighting inheritance battles.


Bruce Ross

1 213 970 9739

Bruce Ross

Senior counsel  |  Seyfarth Shaw, LLP
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Estate and Trust Litigation; Mediation of Estate and Trust Disputes; Estate and Trust Administration

Q&A

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

Coming out of semi-retirement and joining the international firm of Seyfarth Shaw in its highly regarded Trusts and Estates Practice.

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

Gain a specific expertise or practice niche on which you can speak and write.

What is your favourite quote?

“Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.”
Abraham Lincoln


James Tsang

+85221030306

James Tsang

Partner  |  Squire Patton Boggs
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (Texas & California)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

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

Handling a few cases for US clients to successfully negotiate with the IRS and seeing relief from their eyes. 

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

Be passionate about what is important to the client.

What is your favourite quote?

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” Winston Churchill.


Read Moore

+1 650 815 7682

M. Read Moore

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA, OR, WA, IL)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family business governance
Family office
Tax

Q&A

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

Advising on the restructuring of trust and family company arrangements for several prominent Australian families.

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

Keep up to date on tax law and succession law developments outside of your country and on developments at international organisations concerned with tax law, money laundering, transparency, and the legal profession.

What is your favourite quote?

“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still,” Franklin D. Roosevelt.


Francis Mirabello

+1 215 963 5248

Francis Mirabello

Partner  |  Morgan Lewis & Bockius
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (PA, CA, FL)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning

Q&A

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

Become an expert in your field, provide quality client service and be creative.


Geoffrey Kertesz

+44 (0)207 783 3411

Geoffrey Kertesz

Partner, Head of Will and Trust Disputes Team  |  BDB Pitmans
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA)
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Succession planning
Dispute resolution

Q&A

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

Acting on the trust/estate side of a case involving one of the largest ever divorce awards. It is a multi-jurisdictional matter involving asset tracing and complicated interplay between English, BVI, and Sharia law. Every day there seems to be a different twist and turn, and it is really interesting.

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

As a private client adviser, you are a legal counsellor and quite often an emotional counsellor. Do not underestimate how important matters can be to clients, no matter how trivial they may seem to you.

What is your favourite quote?

"Mr Simpson, the state bar forbids me from promising you a big cash settlement. But just between you and me, I promise you a big cash settlement," Lionel Hutz, The Simpsons.


Lawrence H. Heller

+1 310 586 7709

Lawrence H. Heller

Shareholder  |  Greenberg Traurig
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA, CO)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Domestic and international estate planning and income tax planning for individual
Charitable organisations, private foundations and family business succession planning
Certified tax specialist


Laurelle M. Gutierrez

+1 628 218 3883

Laurelle M. Gutierrez

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Personal and estate planning
Residency and domiciliation

Q&A

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

The more you learn about life, the better you become at helping your clients. It is as important as knowing the law.

What is your favourite quote?

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony,” Mahatma Gandhi.