McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

District of Columbia
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McDermott Will & Emery is a well-known and highly respected international firm, with a legal insider noting that "they have excellent people here in DC." A market source states: "It's a large practice with a great number of outstanding individuals."

"They have tremendous service and a depth of knowledge," says one interviewee. Another notes: "The team is known nationally and are at the top of this market," adding that "they have a selection of the best people going."

Notable practitioners


Ellen Harrison
is described as "the smartest person in any room" by one industry source. She has considerable experience in both contentious and non-contentious private client matters. "She's an excellent estate planner with an exceptional stable of clients," comments one interviewee, while another notes that she is "exceptional for international work."


Leigh-Alexandra Basha
is highly regarded for her expertise in multi-jurisdictional estate planning and a wealth insider remarks: "She is our go-to person on international and cross-border work in this jurisdiction.""She is very responsive, reliable, fast, and knowledgeable when it come to inheritance and gift taxes," reports one source. Another says: "She is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable. She does a great job of succinctly explaining very complex topics in an easy to understand way."


Scott Bowman
is described by a peer as "a particularly approachable person who knows a great deal about planning." He regularly advises on tax and wealth planning matters and is noted for his strength when dealing with clients from Latin America and Europe. "He is very responsive, innovative, and creative," remarks a legal adviser.