Carlyn McCaffrey

Carlyn S. McCaffrey is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is co-head of the private client practice in the Firm’s New York office.  She focuses her practice on tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals.

Carlyn has been widely recognized as a leading lawyer in her field.  Since 2006, Chambers USA has ranked her a “Star” lawyer for business and wealth management, with the most recent edition stating that Carlyn “is regarded by the market as being at the cutting edge of trusts and estate law.”  The Best Lawyers in America has named her a “Best Lawyer” in the specialty of trusts and estates in each of the past 17 years.  Carlyn has been ranked as a “Highly Recommended” lawyer for private clients by PLC Which Lawyer? since 2009. 

Carlyn frequently lectures on subjects relating to tax law, trusts and estates, foreign trusts and matrimonial law. She also writes extensively on these topics, and is the co-author of “Structuring the Tax Consequences of Marriage and Divorce.”  She is also an adjunct professor of law at New York University School of Law and the Miami Law School.

Carlyn is a fellow and a past president of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel, a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a member of the International Academy of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Act of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform Laws.  In addition, she is a past member of the Council of the Real Property Probate and Trust Section of the American Bar Association, the former chair of the Section’s Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Committee, a member of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and the former co-chair of the Section's Estates and Trusts Committees, a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of Miami’s Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, a member and the secretary of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Communal Fund, a member of the Board of Directors of the Breast Cancer Research Fund, a member of the Board of Directors of the ACTEC Foundation, the chair of the Central Park Professional Advisory Committee, a member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Professional Advisory Council, a member of The Museum of Modern Art’s Planned Giving Advisory Committee and a member of the Professional Advisors Council Committee of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

Carlyn is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Tax Court.