“Wealth Transfer Tax Law Changes: What Congress Might (or Did) Do”

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: The Commonwealth Club
Speaker: Farhad Aghdami

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Farhad Aghdami is the Managing Partner of the Richmond office of Williams Mullen. He focuses his practice on wealth transfer planning and preservation, business succession planning, and general tax planning. He counsels a wide variety of clients, including high net worth individuals and families, institutional fiduciaries, family offices, and charitable entities.

Farhad is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1992 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. Farhad received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995. Farhad is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is the Virginia State Chair-Elect of ACTEC. He is listed in The Best Lawyers In America and was named the 2015 and 2018 Tax “Lawyer of the Year” and the 2016 Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.  Farhad is an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and previously taught at Washington & Lee’s School of Law.

Farhad has held leadership positions in many professional organizations, including the Virginia Bar Association Wills, Trusts, and Estates Section (Chair, 2011-2013), Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the ABA Tax Section (Chair, 2003 to 2005), Estate Planning Council of Richmond (President, 2011-2012), Insurance Planning Committee of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (Chair, 2003-2004), Trust Administrators Council of Richmond (President, 2004-2005), University of Richmond Estate Planning Advisory Council (Chair, 2004-2009), and Richmond Private Business Study Group (Chair, 2001-2002).  

Farhad is a co-author (with Howard Zaritsky and Mary Ann Mancini) of Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements (2nd Ed.; ThomsonReuters). He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in tax journals, including The Tax Lawyer and The Journal of Taxation and has been quoted in the New York Times and Virginia Business. Farhad regularly speaks at advanced planning conferences and seminars, including those sponsored by the University of Miami-Heckerling Institute, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, the ABA Tax Section, the American Law Institute, and the Duke Estate Planning Symposium.

Farhad is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Christopher’s School, Richmond’s Future, Venture Richmond, the MCV Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond. Farhad previously served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and served on the Board of Trustees of the Valentine Richmond History Center.


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