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Cynthia D. Brittain

Partner
Cindy Brittain works closely with multinational clients to design cross-border tax-efficient strategies, maximizing the benefits to their families’ global companies while meeting the clients’ personal succession needs.

Education

  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego, 1998
  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1992; Law Review; Academic Achievement Award; American Jurisprudence Award 
  • B.A., Economics and Foreign Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984
  • Dean’s List; Advocate on UNC’s Court of Chancery 

Cindy Brittain focuses her practice on high-net-worth multinational families and individuals who themselves and their global companies require expertise in sophisticated cross-border income and estate tax planning strategies. Working closely with family members, Cindy obtains a comprehensive understanding of their values and dynamics, ensuring that unique personal and business goals are achieved. Cindy’s extensive experience includes advising families on the complex issues relevant to pre-immigration planning, international corporate tax, and both international and domestic wealth and asset transfer strategies. Cindy also has extensive experience with cross-border regulatory laws that affect U.S. domestic planning as well as with U.S. tax compliance under the several voluntary disclosure regimes.

Cindy served as Northern Trust’s Director of Inbound Wealth Advisory, as a national resource advising clients and Northern Trust internally on international regulatory compliance. She was instrumental in integrating the trust company’s affirmative defenses globally to the U.K. Criminal Finances Act of 2017.

Cindy previously worked at a major accounting firm within its international mergers and acquisitions group, and has continued to advise clients on the effective integration of their global business operations into the U.S. tax regime. Over the course of her career, she has worked with clients in Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, London, Hong Kong, Mainland China, India, and the United States to develop overall income and estate planning strategies on behalf of large global families.

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  • California State Bar 
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Orange County: Board of Directors
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Los Angeles
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Full Member
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Tax Committee: Co-Chair
  • California Lawyers Association – International Tax Committee
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association – International Tax Committee
  • “Hot Topics and Strategies for Cross Border Planning: Danger, Water’s Edge Approaching! (A New Paradigm for Cross Border Clients),” 2021 California Fellows Meeting of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Nov. 5, 2021 
  • “Foreign Trust Challenges for U.S. Tax Professionals: Navigating Tax Traps and Opportunities, Fiduciary Accounting Income, Form 3520, and FATCA Compliance,” Strafford CLE webinar, Aug. 6, 2020
  • “Ethical Planning Within Our New Paradigm: The Globalization of Enforcement,” STEP Orange County Ninth Annual Institute on Tax, Estate Planning and the World Economy, Feb. 4, 2020
  • “International Estate Planning in the New Global Paradigm: Planning to the Water’s Edge is Dangerous!” AAA-CPA Southwest Regional Education Conference, Jan. 25, 2020
  • California State Bar 
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Orange County: Board of Directors
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Los Angeles
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Full Member
  • Santa Barbara County Bar Association, Tax Committee: Co-Chair
  • California Lawyers Association – International Tax Committee
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association – International Tax Committee
  • “Hot Topics and Strategies for Cross Border Planning: Danger, Water’s Edge Approaching! (A New Paradigm for Cross Border Clients),” 2021 California Fellows Meeting of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Nov. 5, 2021 
  • “Foreign Trust Challenges for U.S. Tax Professionals: Navigating Tax Traps and Opportunities, Fiduciary Accounting Income, Form 3520, and FATCA Compliance,” Strafford CLE webinar, Aug. 6, 2020
  • “Ethical Planning Within Our New Paradigm: The Globalization of Enforcement,” STEP Orange County Ninth Annual Institute on Tax, Estate Planning and the World Economy, Feb. 4, 2020
  • “International Estate Planning in the New Global Paradigm: Planning to the Water’s Edge is Dangerous!” AAA-CPA Southwest Regional Education Conference, Jan. 25, 2020

Education

  • LL.M., Taxation, University of San Diego, 1998
  • J.D., California Western School of Law, 1992; Law Review; Academic Achievement Award; American Jurisprudence Award 
  • B.A., Economics and Foreign Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984
  • Dean’s List; Advocate on UNC’s Court of Chancery 
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