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Ashley B. Sawyer focuses her practice on tax-efficient planning for wealthy individuals, families, and business executives. She advises on legacy succession to younger generations, estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax matters and compliance, philanthropy, and life insurance planning techniques. Ashley also counsels exempt organizations, including charitable trusts, private foundations, and public charities on matters involving tax-exempt status and navigating governance issues.
  • Strafford Publications Webinar – Split-Dollar Agreements and Estate Inclusion
  • ABA Tax Meeting Presentation – Recent Developments in Estate and Gift Tax & Planning in Light of Legislative Change
  • ABA Tax Meeting Presentation – Practical Solutions in Estate and Tax Planning
  • ABA Tax Meeting Presentation – Valuation of Life Insurance
  • 2019 American Bar Association Tax Meeting


  • Catholic University of America, J.D.
  • Guilford College, B.A., cum laude

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia


  • Member, Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Class I of the ACTEC Mid-Atlantic Fellows Institute
  • Member, American Bar Association (2011 – Present)
  • Member, Real Property Section, Trusts & Estates Section, Virginia State Bar (2011 – Present)
  • Member, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section, District of Columbia Bar (2014 – Present)
  • Member, Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Co-Chair, Recent Developments Committee, American Bar Association
  • Vice-chair, Committee on Estate and Gift Taxes, Taxation Section, American Bar Association