James R. Brockway


James is a partner in the private client and tax team.

His practice is global in scope with particular emphasis on offshore trust planning, planning for non-US individuals and foreign assets, family investment and business planning, family offices, inbound and outbound business transactions and income and transfer tax planning.

James advises on corporate and partnership tax planning for closely held businesses, investment entities and funds management entities, mergers and acquisitions and insurance and derivatives investment tax planning.

He has lectured before numerous professional groups on partnership, estate tax, life insurance and foreign investment planning issues and has written articles for professional journals and newsletters on various tax topics.

Secretary Elizabeth O'Bryan


He is a very accomplished and intelligent lawyer and good to work with.

Chambers HNW Guide 2020

He is among the few practitioners who combine income tax planning with estate planning well, which is an important combination of skills for international clients.

Chambers HNW Guide 2020

He is a brilliant guy and one of the smartest lawyers I have ever met.

Chambers HNW 2019, Connecticut

He is very strong on estate, income and international planning. He knows everything about everything and luminaries in the field call him to pick his brain.

Chambers HNW 2019, Connecticut

He is most creative person I have ever met. He is so talented, everyone goes to him.

Chambers HNW 2018, USA

He is very practical – you don’t get a textbook answer but a real-world application of the solution. It is a good-quality answer.

Chambers HNW 2018, USA

A real leader of the firm. He not only serves clients but he helps so many of the other partners in terms of his creativity, imagination and knowledge of the law.

Chambers HNW 2016, Connecticut

I was really impressed with his knowledge and with his approach to the clients, and I really enjoyed working with him on the matter. He really sticks out in my mind.

Chambers HNW 2016, Connecticut





State of Maryland, 1976

State of Connecticut, 1979

Registered Foreign Lawyer in the UK, 2002

Washington DC, 2004

State of New York, 2005

Private client considerations: Benefits to small businesses from the CARES Act,’ Withers Insight - April 6, 2020, co-author

‘What You Need to Know About The Final QOZ Regulations,’ Tax Notes - February 10, 2020, author

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

New York State Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association

American Bar Association

Checklist 2020: Cross border estate planning in an election year,’ Withersworldwide webinar - October 2020, co-presenter

Looking Ahead: Key benefits of Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts (GRATs),’ Withersworldwide webinar - July 2020, co-presenter

‘Tax Implications of International Expansion,’ Accounting & Finance Show, New York - July 2019, co-presenter



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