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
  • Washingtonian Magazine, Top Wealth Advisers Hall of Fame (2023), Top Lawyers Hall of Fame (2022), Top Financial Adviser (2019), Top Lawyers for Private Wealth (2009), Top Attorneys for Trusts and Estates (2010–2011), Top Money Advisor and Estates Attorney (2014), DC’s Best Lawyers for Trusts & Estates (2015), Best Financial Advisor (2016), Top Lawyer (2017), Trusts & Estates (2018)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine, Top Rated Attorney, 2006–2023
  • Who’s Who Legal 100, Private Client, 2014–2023
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 in District of Columbia: Private Wealth Law and USA Nationwide: Private Wealth Law, Eastern Region, 2015–2023

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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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