Reshma Shah


  • Reshma Shah
  • Phone: +1 212 471 1866
    Fax: +1 212 208 4463

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    1540 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4086

Reshma Shah practices in the area of wealth planning. Her work includes the administration of estates and trusts, as well as estate and postmortem planning for high net worth individuals and families including estate plans with cross-border issues. Her work also involves foreign trusts, pre-immigration and expatriation planning, planning for the purchase of U.S. property by non-U.S. persons, asset transfers, and compliance with federal and state estate, gift, inheritance and income tax returns.  She also has extensive experience with clients who have made voluntary disclosures to the IRS, including clients disclosing overseas accounts.

Ms. Shah is a 2011 graduate of St. John's University School of Law, where she was Executive Research Editor of the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, and a magna cum laude graduate of The William E. Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is fluent in Gujarati and proficient in Hindi.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained on behalf of a pro bono client a victory under the New York Safe Harbor Act, vacating 20 criminal convictions the client received while she was commercially and sexually exploited and trafficked. In addition, the underlying accusatory instruments have been dismissed, her records have been sealed, and the client may now move forward with her goal of fostering children facing similar circumstances.
  • Represented a director of tax and finance of a public company in negotiating a criminal disposition based upon failure to file or pay New York City income tax since 2000 from a potential seven-year term of incarceration down to payment of back taxes and a fine, along with community service.


  • New York


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 2011
    - Executive Research Editor and Duberstein Director, American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
  • Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008
    - Phi Beta Kappa
    - D'Agostino Greenberg Fellowship in Law
    - Henft Award in Urban Legal Studies
    - Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Fellowship
    - Dedication to Community Service Award


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2011-present

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association

  • Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), New York Branch

  • South Asian Bar Association of New York

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Pro Bono Service Award 

  • Empire State Counsel Honoree for Pro Bono Service, New York State Bar Association, 2015
  • Recognized by the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program, the New York State Bar Association and New York County Lawyers' Association for Pro Bono Service, 2014 and 2015

Civic and Charitable Activities

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Marital Considerations for Estate Planning," Deloitte, November 20, 2019
  • Speaker, "Titling Your Assets and the Fundamentals of Probate," Deloitte, February 21, 2019

  • Presenter, "Real Estate Secrets That Impact Your Portfolio," The Corcoran Group, New York, NY, March 6, 2018

  • Speaker, "Theater District Tax Talk," The Corcoran Group, New York, NY, February 6, 2018

  • Speaker, "Dealing With Insufficient Assets and Abatement," Lorman Education Services, Webinar, August 16, 2017
  • Speaker, "Trump Is President and the Republicans Control the House and the Senate: What Does This Mean for Estate Planners Moving Forward?" American Bar Association Tax Section, Orlando, Florida, January 20, 2017
  • Speaker, "Estate, Tax and Medicaid Planning," Hellenic Lawyers Association, New York City, May 26, 2016
  • Panelist, "Pre-Law Alumni Panel," Macaulay Honors College, New York City, March 7, 2016
  • Presenter, "Financial Planning for Young Lawyers CLE," Asian American Bar Association, New York City, December 2, 2015
  • Speaker, "Roundtable Discussion on Estate Planning," Mexican Chamber of Commerce, New York City, September 23, 2015
  • Panelist, "Your First Job Through Relationships, ACG Cares Inaugural Event," Macaulay Honors College, New York City, April 3, 2014
  • Panelist, "The 10 Secrets About Law School," Macaulay Honors College, New York City, April 29, 2013
  • Panelist, "Business & Law: The Tale of a Corporate Lawyer," Macaulay Business Club and Pre-Law Society, New York City, March 7, 2012