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Withers LLP
United States

Work Department

Trust, Estates and Charitable Planning




Lawton focuses his practice on domestic and international tax, trust, and estate planning for high net worth individuals and their families.

He regularly advises donors with respect to planned giving structures and counsels public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations on formation, tax, and regulatory matters.

He has particular experience with advising fiduciaries in relation to the estate administration process, especially on post-mortem estate planning and charitable deduction issues.


New York State Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

American Bar Association


Dartmouth College, A.B. Economics

Boston College Law School, J.D.

New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

The tax-exempt practice at Withers Bergman LLP is housed within the firm’s wider private client practice group and excels in domestic and international non-profit work. Led by William Kambas in New York, the team advises cross-border gift-giving, investments and estate planning; recently promoted partner Helen Cheng in San Diego who is ‘excellent’ according to clients, is the key name for this area. Steven Chidester in San Diego represents organizations in IRS audits and handles charitable giving. Co-chair of the practice Michael Brophy  handles estate litigation, from Los Angeles. Other key contacts include Alana Petraske in New York who has a specialty advising charities to attain tax-efficient status both in the US and the UK, and Lawton Leung  in New Haven.