Elizabeth Bawden is a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP in Los Angeles, specializing in estate planning, planned giving and tax exempt organizations. She teaches Estate and Gift Tax at UCLA School of Law. She received her B.A. cum laude in Philosophy from Wheaton College and her J.D. from UCLA Law School, specializing in tax law and business law. As part of the Private Client Services team at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, Ms. Bawden represents clients in matters related to family wealth transfers for large estates, sophisticated estate and gift tax saving techniques, charitable planned giving, family private foundations, business succession planning, and complex probate and trust administrations. She also regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in formation, organizational and operational issues. She is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization as a legal specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law.
After receiving her J.D., Ms. Bawden clerked for the Honorable Wiley Y. Daniel in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. She is frequently featured as a speaker at continuing education programs. Ms. Bawden has been named multiple times as a "Southern California Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. In addition, she has been selected by Southern California's Outstanding Young Lawyers as among the "Top Women Attorneys" in 2012 and 2013.
Bawden’s publications include "Planning for Non-Traditional Families" in Mittra, Sid; Sahu, Anandi; and Starn, Jr., Harry (Eds.); Practicing Financial Planning for Professionals (11th ed. American Academic Publishing, 2012); “Navigating the Flip”, an article in Gift Law Pro Newsletter (July 2004); and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – Three Common Mistakes Courts Make When Police Lose or Destroy Evidence with Apparent Exculpatory Value," 48 Clev. St. L. Rev. 335 (2000).