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 specializes in structuring 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 has a strong background in tax law, including the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax regimes. She also has experience advising clients on the US tax consequences of foreign trusts and estates and foreign account reporting compliance. Ms. Koss lectures and writes frequently on a number of subjects, including estate planning and reproductive technology.


IRS Announces Last Chance for Taxpayers with Undisclosed Foreign Assets to Enter the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
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


Washingtonian Magazine
"Top Lawyers" – Trusts and Estates (2018)
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
"Rising Star" – Estate Planning & Probate (2018)


  • 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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