Elham Ardestani

Ardestani Elham

Elham Ardestani focuses on private client matters involving 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. Her work involved 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 worked as a senior associate in merger and acquisitions and financial services tax with PwC LLP. 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.




  • 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

Bar Admissions

  • California