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William D Zabel

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Practice Areas

Founding Partner. Head, Individual Client Services Group. Practices practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts, charitable foundations, income- and gift-tax planning, estate administration and family law. Bill represents many of the wealthiest individuals in the country on tax planning; succession planning; charitable giving (through the use of private foundations, public charities, split-interest trusts and direct giving); estates and trusts, including representation of individuals and institutions acting as fiduciaries with respect to both general administrative matters and litigated or contested ones; and family law matters, including prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements, and the negotiation or mediation of substantial divorce matters.

Professional Memberships

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. ABA; Florida Bar Association; NYC Bar Association; NYS Bar Association; Chairman, Human Rights First and Immigrant Justice Corps. Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Inaugural Robert F. Kennedy Justice Prize, American Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Brandeis University Distinguished Community Service Award; Established the William D. Zabel Professorship in Human Rights at Harvard Law School


Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude; Princeton University, BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.