Wayne M. Zell, Esq.
Estate Planning & Legal Services
Wayne M. Zell, through his law firm Zell Law, PLLC, provides estate, tax and business succession planning for PagnatoKarp's family office clients and other clients in the D.C. Metro area and across the country, He also serves as outside counsel for selected legal matters affecting PagnatoKarp and various other businesses. Wayne delivers robust legal services designed to have a positive impact on the total financial well-being of his clients. Combining personalized services with True Fiduciary® transparency, Wayne helps streamline the lives of the families and businesses he serves.
Wayne’s extensive background as an attorney, CPA and entrepreneur provides him a wealth of insight into estate, tax and business planning operations and challenges. He brings more than 35 years as a practicing tax, trusts and estates and corporate lawyer, and accountant and business advisor. At Zell Law, Wayne represents clients on estate, tax and business planning, business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and executive compensation in myriad industries including technology, government contracting, real estate, retailing and hospitality. Wayne routinely advises clients in structuring and preparing basic and complex estate planning and business planning documents.
Prior to his current work through Zell Law, PLLC, Wayne spent almost 8 years as a shareholder with Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. He owned and operated Zell Law from 2004 to 2010, and reinstated the firm in 2018.
Wayne has an AV Preeminent® rating, the highest given by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™, for his legal ability and general ethical standards. He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Tax Law from 2013 to 2020, and was recognized on the “Legal Elite” list in Virginia Business Magazine in 2018.¹ A frequent lecturer, podcast host and media contributor on tax, business and estate planning topics, Wayne hosted the popular educational radio talk show ‘Blueprint for Wealth’ from 2007 to 2013 and was a regular guest columnist and blogger for the Washington Business Journal.
In the community, Wayne is actively involved in charitable activities, currently serving as Chair of the Governance Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee, Institutional Advancement Committee and Board of Directors of Northern Virginia Family Service. He also serves on the Cornerstone Board of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.
Wayne holds a B.S. in Commerce (Accounting Concentration) from the University of Virginia and his Juris Doctor degree from William & Mary Law School. He resides in Reston with his wife, Lorri, and their dogs (most of the kids are grown and launched).