2018 – 2020 Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders Program
The Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders Program was developed to foster scholarship and education in trusts and estates, promote diversity and inclusivity, and encourage the development of potential ACTEC Fellows. In March 2018, the program was named after Dennis I. Belcher, past president, leader of the College and mentor to many young trust and estate lawyers. Participants in the Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders Program have been offered tuition-free attendance at the ACTEC-ALI/CLE webinars, financial support to attend ABA/RPTE Section Meetings, and invitations to attend regional and state ACTEC events. We are pleased to announce this year’s class of Dennis I. Belcher Young Leaders:
Adam Ansari of Levun, Goodman & Cohen, LLP in Northbrook, IL
Adam is completing an LLM in Taxation (2018) from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, with a certificate in Wealth Transfer and Legacy Planning, and received his JD from the John Marshall Law School. He also holds an MBA from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University and received a BA in International Relations from Boston University.
James Dougherty of Withers Bergman LLP in Greenwich, CT
James is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the William & Mary School of Law. He assists executors and beneficiaries alike through all aspects of the estate administration process including probate, contested estates, contentious trust litigation, tax, and post-mortem estate planning issues. In addition to helping his clients, James is a frequent author and speaker, nationally and internationally, on estate, trust, tax, and probate matters.
Alicia Graves of Law Offices of Alicia N. Graves in Cleveland, OH
Alicia received a BA from Case Western University and her JD from The University of Akron School of Law. She has been is admitted to practice law before the Ohio Supreme Court as well as all local trial and appellate Courts in the State of Ohio.
Aastha Madaan of Madaan Law, P.C. in Irvine, CA
Aastha is a graduate of Whittier Law school and focuses her practice in the areas of business law, franchise law, and estate planning. She often writes and speaks on the topic of cultural competency in the practice of law and is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi. Aastha also teaches legal writing and research at a local law school.
Brandon Ross of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington, D.C.
Brandon received his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008; his JD from American University Washington College of Law in 2007; and his BA in History from Cornell University in 2004. He counsels high net worth clients and their advisors on achieving client tax planning goals, implementing complex estate planning, trust and estate administration, and business succession strategies.