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Ellen K. Harrison

Ellen K. Harrison

McDermott Will & Emery

Washington, DC, USA

Ellen K. Harrison advises clients on a broad range of tax issues, including estate planning and administration, tax controversies, and income, gift and estate tax planning for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. She  has significant experience drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, prenuptial arrangements and buy-sell agreements, as well as a broad range of corporate documents and family partnership agreements. Her tax controversy and litigation experience includes Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, IRS appeals, refund claims and US Tax Court litigation.

Previously, Ellen was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center.


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  • Guide to the World's Leading Trusts & Estates Lawyers
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  • American Bar Association, Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, serves as liaison to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and as co-chair of the Trust and Estate Government Submissions Committee
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fellow, chair of the Washington Affairs Committee and liaison to the AICPA, as well as past regent and past chair of the International Estate Planning Committee
  • American Law Institute 
  • DC Estate Planning Council
  • International Academy of Trusts and Estates Lawyers, vice president (Americas)
  • University of Miami School of Law, Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, advisory committee



  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, 1971
  • University of Michigan, BA, with highest honors, 1968


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