M. Read Moore - McDermott Will & Emery


M. Read Moore provides legal counsel on all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration, tax controversy, and privately owned business governance and succession planning. He has considerable experience in the international aspects of the private client practice, including inbound investment and wealth transfers to the United States, the US tax and legal aspects of non-US private company and wealth management structures, and US tax compliance for clients with global investments and assets.

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  • Coordinated the prosecution and settlement of a ten-year, multibillion-dollar multi-jurisdictional trust termination action for the benefit of a US family
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive corporate governance and business succession plan for substantial privately owned US-based global business
  • Coordinated the preparation of a federal estate tax return for a substantial US estate and then managed the multi-year estate tax examination and claim for refund

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  • Private Client Global Elite 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates, San Francisco, 2012–2024
  • The Best Lawyers in America, “Lawyer of the Year” in Trusts and Estates, Chicago, 2012 and 2018 and San Francisco, 2021 and 2023
  • Chambers USA, Wealth Management, 2012–2016
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Northern California: Private Wealth Law and USA Nationwide: Private Wealth Law, Western Region, 2016–2023

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  • The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Academician and President-Elect
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Advisory Committee

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University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1990, Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
Rice University, BA, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, 1987


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