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Leigh-Alexandra Basha focuses her practice on domestic and international estate and tax planning. She counsels an affluent international client base on a wide range of sophisticated matters, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, tax compliance, as well as business succession, expatriation and pre-immigration planning. Leigh is head of the Firm's Washington, DC, Private Client Practice Group.

Leigh is an adjunct professor of wills, trusts and estates at American University Washington College of Law. She lectures and has written extensively about international estate and tax planning issues, and is editor of A Guide to International Estate Planning: Drafting, Compliance, and Administration Strategies, Second Edition.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Tax: 50%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

McDermott Will & Emery

500 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC, 20001


DCActive 198607/05/2016
VAAuthorized to practice law198503/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Women in the Law Leadership AwardAmerican University Washington College of LawN/A
Northeast RegionChambers & Partners USA GuideN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerMcDermott Will & Emery2015 - Present
PartnerHolland & Knight2005 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trust and Estate CounselN/AN/A
International Academy of Estate and Trust LawN/AN/A
International Bar AssociationCouncil LPDN/A
International Bar AssociationChair, Individual Tax and Private Client CommitteeN/A
STEP Mid Atlantic BranchChair2013 - 2016
American Bar AssociationGroup Chair, Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group2012 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterTaxLL.M - Master of Laws1989
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Georgetown UniversityGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
New York UniversityN/AN/A1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
International Academy of Estate and Trust Law- SydneyU.S Current Developtments2016
ALI CLE Estates of High Net Worth IndividualsAdvising Wealthy U.S. Families Who Own Foreign Property2016