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Desta Asfaw


555 17th Street, Suite 3200, Denver, CO 80202

Desta Asfaw develops estate planning and wealth management solutions for high net worth individuals and families.

Desta’s practice is focused on meeting her clients personal, financial, and tax planning needs. She represents individuals and families, estates and trusts, family offices, closely-held businesses, foundations, and individual and corporate fiduciaries.

Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Desta worked as an extern for the Denver District Attorney's office, and she served as an extern for the Honorable Judge Craig B. Shaffer.


Wealth Transfer Planning and Estate Planning

Desta develops estate planning solutions for her clients, including:

  • Gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning
  • Irrevocable trusts, including intentionally defective irrevocable trusts (IDITs), grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), qualified personal residence trusts (QPRTs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs)
  • Values-based trusts
  • Marital property planning
  • Wills and revocable trusts
  • Powers of attorney and living wills
  • Asset titling and customized beneficiary designations
  • Planning for minors
  • Business succession planning
  • Estate and trust administration 
  • Limited liability companies and family partnerships
Wealth Management

Desta assists clients with their wealth management planning, including:

  • Legal and tax services
  • Legal aspects of investment services
  • Full integration of wealth transfer plans with other advisors
  • Information flow across multiple family entities



Speaking Engagements


Bar Admissions


  • Colorado Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, Estate & Probate, 2017-2019

Professional and Civic Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Member
  • Colorado Bar Association, Member
  • Sam Cary Bar Association, Member
  • Rocky Mountain Estate Planning Council, Member
  • The Denver Foundation Professional Advisors Council
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Denver, Board of Directors, Development Committee Member
  • Holland & Hart Recruiting Committee, Member
  • Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom, Attorney Volunteer, 2013-2017
  • McDonald’s “Arches of Hope,” Committee Coordinator, 2006-present

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