Cara M. Koss focuses her practice on advising high net worth individuals, both domestically and internationally, on a wide range of sophisticated matters including estate planning, trust and estate administration, lifetime gifting, business succession planning, and tax compliance. Ms. Koss has a strong background in tax law, including the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax regimes. She also has experience advising clients on Foreign Bank Account Reporting compliance and US tax consequences of foreign trusts and estates. Ms. Koss drafts complex estate planning documents and structures wealth transfer strategies for clients designed to preserve family wealth through the generations, protect assets from potential creditors and incorporate clients' philanthropic, and other non-tax objectives.

Ms. Koss is also strongly committed to pro bono service. She has assisted victims of domestic abuse and asylum seekers with immigration issues, provided tax advice to nonprofit organizations, and prepared tax-exempt applications for qualifying charities.


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Use It or Lose It: Tax Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Trust Modification: Components and Considerations
Panelist, DC Bar Communities—Planning Lunch Series, Washington, DC
Preparing Your Estate Plan for Tax Reform
Private Client Services Newsletter
Juggling Three Jurisdictions: Estate Planning Differences in DC/MD/VA
DC Bar


  • LLM, Taxation, New York University, 2011
  • JD, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2008
  • MS, Molecular Genetics, University of Virginia, 2006
  • MA, Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia, 2005
  • BS, Bioethics, Washington and Lee University, 2003, magna cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • Co-Chair, Bioethics Committee, American Bar Association

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