Michael Kavoukjian is a senior partner of White & Case, one of the world's pre-eminent law firms with 44 offices in 30 countries. He served as Global Head of the Firm's Private Clients Group for 12 years, leading his team to its current position as one of the world's most highly regarded private clients practices. He has over 30 years of experience in trusts and estates law and fiduciary litigation.
Mr Kavoukjian represents many of the world's leading families, Fortune 500 executives and major financial institutions, including The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, Deutsche Bank Trust Company and JPMorgan Chase. His practice includes domestic and international estate planning, estate and trust administration and the creation and administration of charitable organizations. He has extensive experience in complex cross-border estate and trust litigation, having successfully resolved significant high-profile disputes with proceedings in multiple US, European, South American and Asian jurisdictions. He has also successfully defended client interests in criminal and administrative proceedings.
Mr Kavoukjian holds a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and an A.B. with distinction from Stanford University. He is listed in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He was named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States by Worth Magazine and one of Euromoney's "Best of the Best".
Mr Kavoukjian is a former chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Estate Planning and a member of the Thomson Reuters Practical Law Advisory Board. He is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a director of the Jamestown Foundation, and on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Client testimonials include: "an excellent litigator with superb judgment"; "practical and tactical"; "incredibly smart and efficient"; "extremely thorough and creative"; "strategic and direct"; "one of the most resourceful and tenacious lawyers I know"; "a tower of strength"; "his style is direct, friendly and thorough"; "a real gentleman, and high caliber"; "he really invests in building the relationship"; "I want him to shepherd my family through the generations."