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

Michael Kavoukjian

Partner, New York, Miami

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Mr. Kavoukjian is chairman of the Firm's Global Private Clients Group. He began his practice in the area of trusts and estates law in 1985 and is a former chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Estate Planning.

Mr. Kavoukjian advises high-net-worth individuals and families worldwide in all aspects of estate planning, including 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. He has counseled a broad range of clients, including those with inherited wealth, owners of closely held businesses and international clients with multijurisdictional contacts. In his planning practice, he works closely with investment advisors, insurance planners and accountants to ensure a coordinated approach to his clients' needs.

Mr. Kavoukjian also has broad experience in the administration of trusts and estates. He has counseled both individual and corporate fiduciaries in 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 has represented 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.

Mr. Kavoukjian has particular experience with complex estate-related litigation, both international and domestic, including high-stakes will contests and construction proceedings. He has supervised significant cases involving proceedings in multiple European, Asian and U.S. jurisdictions.

Mr. Kavoukjian also advises on the creation and administration of private foundations and public charities. He serves on the board of directors of several charitable organizations.

Mr. Kavoukjian is a member of the New York and Florida bars and practices in both jurisdictions. 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.

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
  • Stanford University


  • English
  • Russian


Awards & Recognition

Notable Practitioner, International Private Client, Chambers Global 2017–2018

Named one of the Top 30 Practitioners in Trusts and Estates, Best of the Best USA, Euromoney Expert Guides 2018

Leading Lawyer, Private Wealth – Eastern Region, Chambers High Net Worth 2017

Leading Lawyer, Private Wealth Law – Florida, Chambers High Net Worth 2016–2017

Leading Lawyer, Tax: Estate Planning – Florida, Chambers USA 2014–2016

Leading Lawyer, Wealth Management – Nationwide, Chambers USA 2014–2016

Recognized Practitioner in Trusts and Estates, Euromoney Expert Guides 2016

"Best Lawyer," The Best Lawyers in America 2008–2015

Named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in the United States, 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