“As Albert Einstein once said, ‘We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.’ For the last 40 years, I have devoted my practice to following this philosophy.”

Wayne Eig


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Wayne Eig refers to himself as a business and tax lawyer for individuals and closely held entities, providing advice to clients involved in various business, investment, financial and succession planning activities. Sometimes, his clients are individuals or families, sometimes entities and often a combination of individuals/families and affiliated entities working together. Sometimes, these businesses have great value, sometimes they do not – but all of these clients have needs which require legal attention.

Over the course of his career, Wayne has chaired some of the firm’s major practice groups – Estate & Trust Administration, Estate Planning, Tax, and Corporate. In forty years of practice, Wayne has learned that the role of a small business lawyer is to work with clients to help define and address their goals, and just as importantly, to evaluate and monitor them over time. Whether it is a fairly simple will and estate plan or a complicated transaction involving tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars, the role of the small business lawyer remains the same.

Wayne has lectured extensively, both to attorneys and other professionals, as well as to client groups, and has published articles in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, succession planning and wealth transfer planning. Before practicing law, Wayne was a teacher, and as an attorney, he has continued to teach – both to younger attorneys in the firm, as well as to colleagues practicing in related professions.

Wayne considers his single greatest personal achievement to be his role in his family – with his wife, his two sons, his five grandchildren and his five brothers and numerous nieces and nephews. He considers his greatest professional accomplishment to be his professional family – that is, the large number of clients and professionals in associated fields with whom he has worked, many for more than thirty years.

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Bar Admissions
  • Maryland

  • District of Columbia

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1973

  • B.A., With Honors, Princeton University, 1968

Accolades & Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America - Best Lawyers (2014-2023)
         - Trusts and Estates

  • Best Law Firms – U.S. News & Best Lawyers
             - Tier 2 National Ranking for Trusts & Estates
             - Tier 1 Metropolitan (D.C. area) Ranking for Trusts & Estates

  • "Top Attorneys," Bethesda Magazine ​(2019)
         - Tax

  • “Top Lawyer in Trusts & Estates,” Washington Business Journal

  • “Top Trusts & Estates Lawyer,” Washingtonian Magazine

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Civic & Community Involvement
  • Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council - Member

  • Georgetown University Board of Regents - Board Member

  • Kolmac Foundation - Board Member

Speeches and Presentations
  • "Simple Wills Educational Seminar for VA, MD & DC," Presenter, Aga Khan Northeast Economic Planning Board, September 2020

  • "Estate and Tax Planning in Uncertain Times," Georgetown University Law Center, October 2019

  • "Men’s Club Program - Senior Financial Abuse," Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, March 2017

  • "Age & Stage Program - Senior Financial Abuse," Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, November 2016

  • Lecturer, Maryland State Bar Association, Tax Section Magazine

  • Lecturer, Maryland State Bar Association, Estates and Trusts Section

  • Lecturer, MICPEL Advanced Business Planning Institute

  • Lecturer, Montgomery-Prince George’s Counties Continuing Legal Education Institute