Leigh-Alexandra Basha - McDermott Will & Emery


Leigh-Alexandra Basha focuses her practice on domestic and international estate and tax planning. She counsels an affluent international client base on a wide range of sophisticated matters, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, tax compliance, as well as business succession, expatriation and pre-immigration planning. Leigh is head of the Firm’s Washington, DC, Private Client Practice Group.

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  • Washingtonian “Best Lawyers 2021”
  • Chambers HNW Ranked Band 1 and USA Nationwide – Band 2
  • Private Client Global Elite, 2021
  • Washingtonian Magazine’sDecember 2019 Top Financial Adviser
  • Legal Week’sPrivate Client Global Elite Directory: Service Excellence, 2019
  • Chambers:Shortlisted for Estate Planner of the Year, 2019
  • City Wealth MagazineWoman of the Year Award – North American, 2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America:Tax Law, Trusts and Estates 2012 to 2023
  • Chambers Global: International Private Client, 2014 to 2020
  • Expert Guides, Women in Business Law, 2020
  • Chambers USA East Region, Wealth Management, 2014 to 2018

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  • American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Working Group on Anti-Laundering/counter-Terrorist Fin, September 2020 to present, Member
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Financial Action Task Force, Delegate
  • ACTEC International Estate Planning Committee, Chair

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Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, 1989
American University-Washington College of Law, JD, 1985
Georgetown University, AB, 1982

District of Columbia

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