Edward L. Weidenfeld

Senior Fellow

Edward L. Weidenfeld, named “one of Washington’s top lawyers” by the Washingtonian magazine, founded the Weidenfeld Law Firm, P.C. in 1983. The firm serves the legal needs of individuals, families, privately-held business, and nonprofit organizations. Weidenfeld specializes in tax, business, and philanthropic planning. Weidenfeld is a contributing author of Generations: Planning Your Legacy and Giving: Philanthropy for Everyone and is an editor of two national tax journals.

Weidenfeld served as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee of Interior and Insular Affairs, a partner in the McKenna and Cuenno law firm, and Counsel to the 1980 Reagan Bush Campaign. He edited The Atomic Energy Law Journal. He has been an official election observer in the Philippines, Korea, Pakistan, Chile, and Albania. He received the Medal of Peter the Great from the Russian Federation. His work establishing the first independent newspaper in the Soviet Union was chronicled in the book Bear Hunting with Politburo ( Simon & Schuster, 1991).

Weidenfeld chairs the Executive Committee of the Center for the Study of the Presidency. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Bar Association, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and the Philanthropic Advisors Network.  Weidenfeld is a director of the Danny and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation and Secretary of the D.C. Salvation Army Advisory Board. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Columbia University School of Law.