Christen K. Douglas advises high net worth individuals and families regarding all aspects of their personal legal needs, including estate, gift, GST, and income tax planning, family dispute resolution, business succession planning, charitable giving, and trust and estate controversy matters. Drawing on her experience as a litigator, she is able to anticipate and avoid common missteps in planning clients’ estates that might otherwise lead to costly litigation. When litigation is necessary, Christen offers a unique perspective by understanding the highly technical aspects of estate and tax planning as well as the strategy of litigation.

In addition to serving on advisory councils of Lincoln Center and Princeton University, Christen is also grateful for her relationships with Children’s Rights, an organization that uses advocacy and legal action to hold governments accountable for child welfare systems throughout the country, and 100cameras, an organization that works with children who have faced challenging experiences to help them process and tell their stories through photography in a way that impacts how they view themselves and their roles in their communities.

At McDermott, Christen has been thrilled to find a team with not only unparalleled substantive expertise, but who also deeply values community engagements such as these.


  • Expert Guides, Women in Business Law, 2020


  • Lincoln Center – Professional Advisors Council Member
  • Princeton University – Planned Giving Advisory Council Member
  • Children’s Rights – Advisory Council Member
  • 100cameras – Advisory Council Member
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section


New York University School of Law, LLM, Taxation, 2011
University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 2007
Princeton University, BA, 2004

New York

Courts / Agencies
US District Court for the Central District of California

Christen K. Douglas

Insights & Events / Media

Webinar / McDermott Event / September 23, 2021

Marrakesh, Morocco / Speaking Engagements / February 26-28, 2020

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / September 18 - 19, 2019

Chicago, IL / McDermott Event / May 13 - 15, 2019

Washington, District of Columbia / McDermott Event / November 15, 2018

New York, New York / McDermott Event / November 13, 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania / McDermott Event / June 5 – 7, 2017

New York Law Journal / January 13, 2017