David A. Stein

Partner and US Wealth Planning Practice Group Leader

  • Education: Yale University, B.A. cum laude • New York University School of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review
  • Admitted: State of NY, 1999 • State of CT, 2005 • Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK, 2005 • State of CA, 2012
  • Languages spoken: Spanish • Japanese • French
  • Year joined: 2004
  • Year became partner: 2005


David is a Senior Partner and outgoing ‎Head of the US Private Client Division of Wealth Planning and Tax Group. His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border estate planning and income tax advice.

David's core clientele are single-family offices, fund managers and young entrepreneurs—with particular emphasis on planning for closely held businesses and investment vehicles. He provides a range of complex legal advice, from the creation of tax-efficient wealth transfer structures to addressing income tax issues arising from investments and operating businesses.

In addition to assisting wealthy individuals and families in their philanthropic endeavors, David advises both public charities and private foundations on a variety of matters, including tax exemption, tax aspects of operation and investments, and structuring of charitable gifts.

David is a frequent speaker at professional and private family organization events on income tax issues, estate planning and charitable giving. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Bloomberg BNA, STEP Journal and Private Asset Management Magazine.



  •  Ranked in Chambers HNW 2016

Publications and speaking engagements

  • "Carried Interest Wealth Planning for the Global Fund Manager: An Introduction to Carry Planning and Implications in the International Context," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Estates, Gifts and Trust Journal, August 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Tread Carefully," STEP Journal, May 2015.
  • "Unique Wealth Transfer Planning Opportunities for Fund Professionals in 2011 and 2012," Greenwich, CT, May 2011.  
  • "An alternative to the vertical slice," Private Asset Management, April 2011. 
  • "Non-Vertical Carried Interest Transfer Planning An Alternative to the Vertical Slice," Private Asset Management, March 2011. 
  • "Going Non-Vertical with Fund Interests - Creative Carried Interest Transfer Planning When The "Vertical Slice" Won't Cut It," Trusts and Estates Magazine, November 2010.
  • "Economic Turmoil Creates Unprecedented Planning Opportunities for Principals of Investment Funds," Withers Bergman LLP Briefing Notes, January 2009. 
  • "UBIT Issues in Investment Partnerships What Tax-Exempt Investors (and Their Taxable Partners) Should Know," Tax Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnership, LLCs, Joint Ventures and Other Strategic Alliances, Practising Law Institute, 2004-2011.
  • "A Tale of Two Systems," Legal Week, March 2005.



  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Government Relations Committee, Non-Profit Coordinating Committee of New York
  • Board of Directors, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival
  • Board of Directors, International Festival of Arts and Ideas

On a personal note

Enjoys traveling, photography, tennis and choral singing.






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