Overview

Linda Wasserman provides personalized and sophisticated estate planning and family wealth succession planning for ultra-high- and high-net-worth individuals and families, focusing on tax planning in the context of accomplishing each family's unique goals. Linda's career in trusts and estates law spans more than three decades. Among other honors, she has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Women Consumer Michigan Super Lawyers every year since 2013. Linda has been invited to speak at various events and has published numerous articles. She teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School. 

  • Advises families regarding the formation and structuring of single-family offices and provides legal counsel to single-family and multifamily offices
  • Counsels clients on the formation and representation of private foundations and public charities
  • Advises collectors on estate planning, including the acquisition, sale, contribution, and loans of works of art and other collectibles
  • Represents clients in strategic philanthropic planning and representation of donors
  • Provides planning and counseling for owners of closely held businesses
  • Advises real estate investors and developers on estate planning
  • Counsels family businesses on succession planning
  • Assists clients with estate and trust administration

Services

Practice Areas

Experience

Prior Experience

  • Miro Weiner & Kramer, 1984-2004 (firm was acquired by Honigman)
  • Jaffe, Snider, Raitt & Heuer (now Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss), 1980-1984

Academic Appointments

  • University of Michigan Law School, 2011-present
    • Trusts and Estates, Adjunct Professor
    • Estate Planning and Charitable Planning, Adjunct Professor

Credentials

Education

Admissions

Court Admissions

Recognition

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2022
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Non-Profit / Charities Law
      • Tax Law 
      • Trusts and Estates
    • Troy Non-Profit / Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2016, 2021, 2022
    • Troy Tax Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2020
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2010-2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2011-2021
    • Recognized as one of the:
      • Top 25 Women Consumer Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
      • Top 50 Consumer Super Lawyers, 2014-2017
      • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
      • Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine Michigan, 2017
    • Recognized in practice areas of:
      • Association & Non-Profit Law
      • Trust, Will & Estate Planning Law
    • Named as one of the Top 100 Leading Women Lawyers
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals, Named as Distinguished Volunteer, 2013
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Named one of 20 “Women in the Law,” 2012
  • Federations of North America, Endowment Achievement Award, 2002
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The American Law Institute, Member, 2019-present
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Council on Foundations Professional Advisors Network
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    • Legacy Giving Task Force, Chair
  • Cranbrook Educational Community
    • Board of Trustees, Senior Trustee
  • Detroit Zoological Society
    • Board of Trustees
  • Beaumont Foundation
    • Board of Directors
  • United Way of Southeastern Michigan
    • Planned Giving Task Force, Chair
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit/United Jewish Foundation
    • Professional Advisory Committee
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
    • Tannahill Society Advisory Committee
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
    • Board of Trustees

News & Insights

News

  • Linda A. Wasserman’s board appointment is mentioned in the Detroit News article “New members join Community Foundation board”
    Media |
  • Linda A. Wasserman is mentioned in the Buffalo News article “Ralph Wilson’s will leaves no clues about sale of Bills”
    Media |
  • Linda A. Wasserman featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly 20 "Women in the Law"
    Media | Also featured in Noodls, SBMBlog (State Bar of Michigan Blog) and Detroit Legal News |
  • Linda A. Wasserman named as one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law for 2012
    Media | Also featured in The Michigan Lawyer blog |
  • Linda A. Wasserman featured in the Oakland County Legal News article "Planning for posterity: Attorney's career spans 3 decades in trust, estate law"
    Media | Also featured in Macomb County Legal News and Washtenaw County Legal News |
  • Linda A. Wasserman discusses estate tax in MiBiz article "Estate Tax death creating chaos in estate planning"
    Media |
  • Linda A. Wasserman quoted in Crain's Detroit Business, "Family-Owned Business: Bringing Expertise Home," August 20, 2007
    Media |

Seminars & Events

  • Ten Things You Need to Know About Private Foundations (and other exotic charitable beasts)!
    Event | Dearborn, MI | | | Keynote speaker
  • (Money) Ins and (Money) Outs of Private Foundations
    Event | |
  • What's Hot and What's Not - Gift Planning in a Low-Interest Rate Environment
    Event | | | Presenter
  • The Philanthropic Client
    Event | | Speaker
  • Family Offices - What Makes A Good Family Office
    Event | July 28-29, 2006
  • Drafting Estate Planning Documents
    Event | | | Panelist
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