Ed Beckwith is nationally recognized for his skill and commitment as counsel to high net worth families and charities across the country. He serves as the national leader of BakerHostetler's Tax-Exempt Organizations and Charitable Giving practice. Ed’s experience includes the legal and administrative specialties required to establish and successfully guide the operations of charitable and educational organizations, healthcare institutions, and trade associations. He advises families, family offices, and their professionals with respect to the tax-efficient accumulation, management, and distribution of their personal wealth. His advice is often sought with respect to the governance and "best practices" of such organizations and the maintenance of their tax-exempt status, as well as the tax and practical aspects of contributions and other financial support programs. A significant aspect of Ed's practice involves the application of the tax laws to family and business financial arrangements, including the preparation of related documents to conserve and transfer wealth, the administration of such arrangements, and the representation of clients before legislative, judicial and regulatory branches of government at all levels.
For his entire professional career, Ed has lectured throughout the United States and has written extensively, including articles and speeches for the American Law Institute and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He frequently chairs continuing education programs for private wealth professionals and has been an adjunct tax professor at the Georgetown University Law Center for 29 years, where he currently teaches and coordinates a graduate-level certificate program in Advanced Estate and Charitable Planning.