Farhad Aghdami is chair of the Tax Department at Williams Mullen, where he focuses his practice on business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, entity formation and structuring, and wealth transfer planning and preservation. He counsels a wide variety of clients, from middle market business owners and entrepreneurs to publicly traded enterprises. In addition, Mr. Aghdami has extensive experience in Federal income, estate and gift taxation. He advises clients on a range of business-oriented problems and issues and in structuring complex business arrangements and transactions. They also seek his assistance in connection with their personal financial affairs and wealth transfer planning. Mr. Aghdami is a member of the firm's Board of Directors.
Mr. Aghdami is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers In America in both the Tax and Trusts and Estates categories. In addition, he has been named to the Virginia Business "Legal Elite" in the Tax/Trusts and Estates category and a "Super Lawyer" for Tax Law by Virginia Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Aghdami currently serves as an adjunct professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Washington & Lee University School of Law.
He is a member of and currently holds or previously held leadership positions in a number of bar and professional organizations, including the Virginia Bar Association's Wills, Trusts & Estates Section, the Estate Planning Council of Richmond, the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the ABA Tax Section (chair, 2003-2005), Insurance Planning Committee of the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (chair, 2003-2004), Trust Administrators Council of Richmond (president, 2004-2005), University of Richmond Estate Planning Advisory Council (chair, 2004-2009), and Private Business Study Group (chair, 2001-2002). He also served on the Task Force on Reform of Federal Wealth Transfer Taxes (2002-2004).
Mr. Aghdami is a co-author of Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements (2nd Ed.; Warren Gorham & Lamont). He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in tax journals, including The Tax Lawyer and The Journal of Taxation. Mr. Aghdami regularly speaks at advanced planning conferences and seminars, including programs sponsored by the NYU Federal Tax Institute, the University of Miami-Heckerling Estate Planning Institute, the Southern Federal Tax Institute, ALI-ABA, the ABA Tax Section, the ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Mr. Aghdami is chairman of the board of governors of The Community Foundation serving Richmond and Central Virginia. In addition, he serves on the boards of Venture Richmond, Richmond's Future, the Valentine Richmond History Center, and St. Christopher's School. Mr. Aghdami is also a member of the 2006 class of Leadership Metro Richmond.
Mr. Aghdami is a 1989 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1992 graduate from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Mr. Aghdami received his masters of laws in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.
Virginia Bar Association - Wills, Trusts and Estates Section, Immediate Past Chair
Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Past President
ABA Tax Section, Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, Past Chair
ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, Insurance Committee, Past Chair
University of Richmond Estate Planning Advisory Council, Past Chair
Trust Administrators Council of Richmond, Past President
Private Business Study Group, Past Chair
Task Force on Transfer Tax Reform
Virginia State Bar - Wills, Trusts and Estates Section, Council Member
Association for Corporate Growth
Structuring Buy-Sell Agreements (Warren, Gorham & Lamont), Co-Author
Richmond Bar Association
Awards & Honors
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow)
The Best Lawyers in America - Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Virginia Business magazine, "Legal Elite"
Virginia Super Lawyers magazine - Tax Law - "Top 100 Lawyer in Virginia" and "Top 50 Lawyer in Richmond," 2012, 2013
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating
· The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia, Chairman
· Valentine Richmond History Center, Director
· Leadership Metro Richmond, Class of 2006
· University of Richmond School of Law, Adjunct Professor
· Washington & Lee School of Law, Adjunct Professor
· West Avenue Improvement Association, Former Mayor
· Venture Richmond, Board Member
· Richmond's Future, Board Member
· St. Christopher's School, Board Membe