Laura W. Hirschfeld - McDermott Will & Emery


Laura W. Hirschfeld advises clients on all aspects of trust and estate planning. She has significant experience in transfer tax planning using life insurance, generation-skipping transfers and lifetime gifting strategies for domestic and for foreign individuals. She is responsible for the negotiation, structuring and implementation of various types of family planning transactions, including the creation of grantor, “dynasty,” and foreign trusts, closely-held family business entities, prenuptial agreements, and tax-effective wills and trusts for high-net-worth individuals. Laura also has experience in estate planning with New York real estate, ranging from transferring residences to qualified personal residence trusts to transfers of interests in major commercial real estate ventures and hotels, using valuation discounts and avoiding New York transfer taxes.


  • Successfully transferred interests in an NBA team to a grantor-retained annuity trust to move future appreciation out of the client’s estate
  • Created a revocable trust that converts to a joint purchase qualified personal residence trust upon completion of a multimillion-dollar vacation home

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  • Legal Aid Society, 2006 Legal Aid Award


  • Glen Rock Women in Community Service, board member
  • Central Unitarian Church, Paramus, New Jersey, former board member
  • The Madeira School, McLean, Virginia, former board member


New York University School of Law, LLM, 1995
University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1991
University of Virginia, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988

New York