Education

  • J.D., Business Law, Tax, UCLA School of Law, 2011
    Bruce Hochman Prize, awarded to the top and most distinguished tax law student in the graduating class

    Associate Editor 2008-2009; Articles Editor 2009-2001, Journal of Environmental Law and Policy
  • B.A., Business Economics, Accounting, summa cum laude, University of California at Los Angeles, 2006
    Dean's/Provost's Honor List, Phi Beta Kappa
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Elham Ardestani

Associate

Elham Ardestani is an associate in Venable's Tax and Wealth Planning Practice in the Los Angeles office. Elham focuses her practice on private client matters in the areas of estate and wealth transfer planning, trusts, family governance, business succession planning, charitable organizations, estate administration, and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. Prior to joining Venable, Elham was an associate with a nationally recognized law firm in the private client services and tax, trusts, and estates practice.

In this previous practice she worked on the formation and operation of private trust companies; advanced estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; and agreements related to grantor trusts, insurance trusts, and dynasty trusts.

Elham has an extensive tax background and previously served as a senior associate in merger and acquisitions and financial services tax with PwC LLP, where she supported the merger and acquisitions team with tax due diligence, risk reporting, and pre- and post-deal restructuring with respect to tax consequences of acquisitions, consolidations, distributions, and liquidations. She also assisted with tax consulting for state and local tax clients before the California Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization.