Elizabeth Bawden is a partner at Withers Bergman LLP, 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 US Trust, Estate and Charitable Planning Group at Withers Bergman 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 is a fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Election as an ACTEC fellow is one of the highest honors a trusts and estates attorney can receive. Fellows are selected on the basis of professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates, and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching, and bar activities.
Bawden’s publications include "Accomplishing Clients' Estate Planning Goals in a Post-ATRA Environment" in Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates (Aspatore Books, a Thomson Reuters business, 2015 ed.); "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); 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).