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Wayne M. Zell

Wayne M. Zell

Estate and Business Planning

36 years of experience

Business Law, Estate Planning, Tax Law



Wayne M. Zell, Esq. is the founder of Zell Law. He has spent his legal, public accounting and business advisory career counseling clients in a broad range of industries, including technology companies of all types and investor groups, as well as non-profit organizations. His clients also include for-profit and non-profit executives, service providers and high-net worth individuals. Mr. Zell has extensive experience in representing clients in complex estate planning and business planning matters. In estate planning matters, Mr. Zell routinely advises clients in structuring and preparing intricate revocable and irrevocable trusts, basic estate planning (i.w., wills, medical directives and powers of attorney), family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, life insurance vehicles, charitable giving arrangements (including charitable lead and remainder trusts), private and public foundations and grant making programs, asset protection planning, and joint ventures with tax-exempt organizations, and compensation and equity incentive plans for executives. In business planning matters, Mr. Zell represents the owners of closely-held businesses and non-profits on general business formation and operations, tax and succession planning matters, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation and CEO/founder issues. Mr. Zell is admitted to practice as an attorney in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Zell currently serves on the Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Family Service. He also serves as a member of the Cornerstone Board at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Mr. Zell is an active speaker and writer on estate business planning topics. For more detailed content authored by Mr. Zell, please visit He has received an AV rating, the highest rating granted by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Taxation. View More ›


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Practice Area

Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes,
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills,
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning,


William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

J.D | Law

William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
University of Virginia

B.S | Commerce/Accounting

University of Virginia

Professional Associations

Virginia State Bar Association


1996 - Current

Virginia State Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar


1988 - Current

District of Columbia Bar
Maryland State Bar Association


1985 - Current

Maryland State Bar Association

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1818 Library St., S. 500 Reston, VA 20190
Telephone: (703) 879-0050
Cell: (703) 967-7070
Fax: (703) 832-3200

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