Leigh-Alexandra Basha

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Leigh-Alexandra Basha

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Washington, DC
Maryland
Virginia

Q&A

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

My recent highlight was attending the oral arguments for North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust, 588 U.S. __ (June 21, 2019) at the United States Supreme Court. While the case addressed a narrow issue of whether North Carolina violated the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause by taxing trust income that had not been distributed to NC beneficiaries solely on the basis that those beneficiaries lived in NC, the fascinating aspect was hearing the justices’ questions counsel for both sides and observing their interactions among themselves. For example, when Justice Ginsberg asked a question, another justice stopped in the middle of his line of questioning to defer to Justice Ginsberg who has seniority on the Court. Some justices asked questions that made it clear they understood how trusts work while others seemed less familiar with trusts. While Justice Thomas never asked a question, he did have side conversations with Justice Breyer. I think every U.S. lawyer should sit through oral arguments at the SCOTUS to have a better understanding of how the process works and better understand the justices who make decisions that affect us all.

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

Be responsive to clients, advisors, other professionals, and staff alike. Listen to your clients, hear what they have to say, and learn from them.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way” (Napoleon Hill).


Charles Lubar

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Charles Lubar

Counsel  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

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

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Asset holding structures
Philanthropy and charitable giving

Q&A

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

Integration of my former practice at Morgan Lewis into McDermott Will & Emery.

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.”


Laurence C Ho

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Laurence C Ho

Partner  |  Stephenson Harwood
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (NY, MA)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

US tax
Personal and estate planning
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

There has been an uptick in IPO activity for Chinese and Hong Kong companies this past year. I have assisted several ultra-high net worth PRC clients with establishing offshore trust structures to hold substantial pre-IPO interests. This type of work involved a tremendous amount of coordination and collaboration with corporate and tax counsel in other jurisdictions.

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

What is your favourite quote?


Scott Bowman

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Scott Bowman

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA, CT, DC, FL, NY, MD, VA)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Q&A

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

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

What is your favourite quote?