Leigh-Alexandra Basha - McDermott Will & Emery


Leigh-Alexandra Basha focuses her practice on domestic and international tax and estate planning. She counsels an affluent international client base on a wide range of sophisticated matters, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, foreign trust planning, 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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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law and Trusts and Estates, Washington, DC, 2012–2024
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 in District of Columbia: Private Wealth Law and USA Nationwide: Private Wealth Law, Eastern Region, 2015–2023
  • Who’s Who Legal 100, Private Client, 2014–2023
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers Magazine, Top Rated Attorney, 2006–2023
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Wealth Advisers Hall of Fame, 2023

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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, Past Chair; Current Member

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

District of Columbia

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