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February 29, 2024

Holland & Hart Welcomes Seasoned Trusts and Estates Litigation Partner Michelle Canerday

Holland & Hart LLP is pleased to announce that skilled trusts and estates attorney Michelle Canerday has joined the firm as a partner in the Denver office. Michelle brings 18 years of sophisticated experience advising high net worth individuals and families on complex tax and trust and estate disputes that will bolster the firm’s Private Client services.

Michelle brings a trifecta of legal, tax, and financial industry expertise to help beneficiaries, executors, personal representatives, trustees, and other interested parties to proactively avoid or resolve disputes. Leveraging her background in estate planning, estate, and trust administration and her LLM in Taxation, Michelle negotiates and crafts creative—often non-traditional—settlement agreements that achieve sustainable compromises in a tax efficient manner. With extensive experience seeing how agreements can unravel when challenged, she excels at devising complex strategies to help high net worth clients and fiduciaries protect generational wealth by minimizing taxes and the potential for future disagreement.

“Enhancing our team with high-caliber fiduciary litigation experience has been a strategic priority,” said Chelsea May, leader of the firm’s Private Client practice. “Michelle has a well-deserved reputation as a respected, zealous advocate in state, federal, and appellate courts nationwide. Our clients will benefit from her savvy expertise structuring trust and estate plans to avoid discord and her track record of resolving disputes, through litigation or negotiated settlement, with constructive outcomes.”

“Holland & Hart’s Private Client team includes attorneys, tax specialists, and paralegals with deep experience serving clients like mine and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues,” said Michelle. “It will be rewarding to work with a team that shares my approach of focusing on pragmatic tax-efficient solutions and has the expertise to develop creative strategies.”

Before joining Holland & Hart, Michelle was a partner at two Am Law 100 firms.


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