Adam Streisand

+1 310 228 3727

Adam Streisand

Partner  |  Sheppard Mullin
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

California

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International wealth structuring
Cross border succession planning
Transatlantic tax and estate planning

Q&A

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

Winning an inheritance dispute involving the courts of the U.S. and Chile.

How did you get into private client?

Mentorship.

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.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Improving my French. Cycling. My wife is an opera and musical theatre director and I am a fan.

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

Vincenti


Joy Chang

+1 415 872 3208

Joy Chang

Partner  |  Withersworldwide
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA)

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International estate planning
Cross-border probate
Trust administration, and philanthropy

Q&A

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

The best part of my practice is working with individuals and families to give them peace of mind in their estate planning. A recent client is a billionaire patriarch with a complex family and assets and beneficiaries in three jurisdictions. I worked together with Withers attorneys in the other jurisdictions to establish a cross-border estate plan that takes into account the patriarch's values and maximizes the tax benefit to his beneficiaries.

How did you get into private client?

I started at Luce Forward, which gave first year associates the opportunity to try a variety of practice areas, and discovered the estate planning practice. I had excellent mentors who helped me develop as an estate planner and focus on the international niche.

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

Communication with clients is key: listen and understand your clients’ goals, and advise them in a way that they can understand.

What is your favourite quote?

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel,” Maya Angelou.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I enjoy traveling and enjoying the cuisines of the world.

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

Burma Superstar, San Francisco.