Michael Kavoukjian | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Michael Kavoukjian

Partner, New York, Miami

T + 1 212 819 8403

T + 1 305 995 5227

E mkavoukjian@whitecase.com

“Clients seek him out for his international planning expertise and appreciate his “very business-savvy approach and business-friendly solutions”… [He] is admired for his diligence, efficiency and professionalism.”

Chambers USA 2014


Michael Kavoukjian is a highly respected lawyer, whose clients appreciate the varied experience he brings to the representation of their interests. He is chairman of the Firm's Global Private Clients Group, and advises high-net-worth individuals and families worldwide on all aspects of estate planning.

Clients benefit primarily from his experience in tax-advantaged transfers of assets, multigenerational planning, the taxation of trusts and estates, charitable giving, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial planning, and issues relating to change of residence. His representative clients include those with inherited wealth, owners of closely-held businesses, and international clients with multijurisdictional contacts.

In his planning practice, Michael works closely with investment advisors, insurance planners and accountants to ensure a coordinated approach to his clients' needs.

Michael also has broad experience in the administration of trusts and estates. He counsels both individual and corporate fiduciaries on the performance of their duties and, has advised the trust departments of leading financial institutions including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Northern Trust. He represents both fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested and non-contested accounting proceedings, in judicial proceedings to remove and appoint fiduciaries, and in audit proceedings with state and federal tax authorities.

Michael has particular experience in complex domestic and international estate-related litigation, including high-stakes will contests and construction proceedings. He has supervised significant cases involving proceedings in multiple European, Asian and US jurisdictions.

His work is multifaceted, and also extends to the creation and administration of private foundations and public charities, as well as tenures on the board of directors of several charitable organizations. From 1994 to 1998, he was on leave to the US government, where his duties included acting as special advisor to the US Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Michael is an active member of a number of professional organizations that include the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Bar Association, Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Florida State Bar.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Minnesota State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the District of Minnesota


  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • AB, Stanford University


  • English
  • Russian


Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA 2014

Tax: Estate Planning – Florida

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA 2014

Wealth Management – Nationwide

‘Best Lawyer’, The Best Lawyers in America, 2008–2015

Named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States by The Robb Report/Worth Magazine.

Named in Who's Who in American Law

Named in Who's Who in America

Named in Who's Who in the World