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.


Preparing Your Estate Plan for Tax Reform
Private Client Services Newsletter
Juggling Three Jurisdictions: Estate Planning Differences in DC/MD/VA
DC Bar
Treasury Strikes Back: Proposed Regulations Target Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses
Arnold & Porter Advisory
The ART of Estate Planning: Recent Developments in Assisted Reproductive Technology, Estate Planning and Probate Law
Maryland Judicial Institute: Recent Developments and Hot Topics for Probate Court
The Issues that Estate Planners Aren't Talking About But Should Be

American Bar Association Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Spring Symposium



  • 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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