Farhad Aghdami is Williams Mullen’s Richmond Managing Partner. He focuses his practice on wealth transfer tax planning, business succession planning, income tax planning for individuals and businesses and fiduciary litigation. He counsels a wide variety of clients, including high net worth individuals and families, middle-market business owners, institutional fiduciaries, family offices and charitable entities.
Farhad has been listed in the Chambers USA High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law (2017-present), where he was described by clients as “very smart, quick and personable. He makes the client feel at ease, he looks out for their best interest and he follows through.” Another source states that “he thinks outside the box and gives you something that is unique.”
Farhad has held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations, including the Virginia Bar Association Wills, Trusts, and Estates Section (chair, 2011-2013), where he led efforts, in 2012, to enact the Virginia decanting statute, the Virginia self-settled spendthrift trust statute, the Virginia grantor trust tax reimbursement statute and the Virginia directed trust statute.
In addition, he served as the chair of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the ABA Tax Section from 2003 to 2005. Farhad chaired the ABA Tax Section’s Task Forces that submitted comments on the regulations promulgated in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Estate of Hubert and in response to IRS Notice 2011-101 on trust decanting.
In addition, Farhad has also served leadership roles in a number of other professional organizations, including the Estate Planning Council of Richmond (president, 2011-2012), Insurance Planning Committee of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (chair, 2003-2004), Trust Administrators Council of Richmond (president, 2004-2005), University of Richmond Estate Planning Advisory Council (chair, 2004-2009), and Richmond Private Business Study Group (chair, 2001-2002).
He serves on the board of directors of the Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, a mutual property and casualty insurance company, and on the board of a privately held business based in Raleigh, NC.
Farhad is a co-author (with Howard Zaritsky and Mary Ann Mancini) of Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements (Thomson Reuters). He has authored numerous articles that have appeared in tax journals, including The Tax Lawyer and The Journal of Taxation, and he has been quoted in the New York Times and Virginia Business. Farhad is co-chair of the Douglas W. Conner Advanced Estate Planning Institute sponsored by Virginia CLE.
In addition, Farhad regularly speaks at advanced planning conferences, including those sponsored by the University of Miami-Heckerling Institute, ACTEC, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, the ABA Tax Section, the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Section and the American Law Institute.
Farhad is a member of the board of trustees of St. Christopher’s School, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation, Richmond’s Future, Venture Richmond and the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Richmond. He is a member of The Forum Club and the 2006 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Farhad previously served as chairman of the board of governors of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, and he previously served on the board of trustees of the Valentine Richmond History Center. Farhad is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1992 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law. He received his LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.
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