Daniel L. Daniels


Daniel L. Daniels
office Greenwich
phone 203-363-7665


Daniel L. Daniels is a partner in Wiggin and Dana's Private Client Services Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He divides his time between the firm's Greenwich and New York offices. Dan focuses his practice representing business owners, private equity and hedge fund founders, corporate executives and other wealthy individuals and their families. He has also served as an expert witness and special counsel on the subject of the vulnerability of trusts to claims in divorce.

Dan is included on Worth magazine's list of the top 100 trust lawyers in the United States. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and since 2003 has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Trusts and Estates and Trust Litigation. Best Lawyers recently named Dan as Lawyer of the Year in the category of Trust and Estate Litigation for the Stamford region. (For more information about the standards for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, please click here, and for Lawyer of the Year, please click here). He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Dartmouth and his J.D., cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Dan is a co-author of Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies (2008 Aspatore Books) and has written for various publications, including Trusts and Estates magazine, Estate Planning magazine, Practical Tax Strategies magazine, the National Law Journal and Exempt Organization Review. He also has been quoted on trust and tax-related subjects in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Financial Planning.

Dan is a current or former member of the board of various organizations including the Greenwich Library and the Fairfield County Community Foundation.

Dan has a particular interest in working with owners of family- and closely-held businesses. He worked for several years in his own family's third generation family business. He is a member of the Family Firm Institute and Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, as well as Wiggin and Dana's Closely Held Business Practice Group.

Dan also partners with members of Wiggin and Dana's Probate Litigation group in handling significant trust and estate litigations. Dan has been named Lawyer of the Year for the Stamford area in the category of trust litigation by the editors of Best Lawyers in America. He has also served as special counsel in several large litigations involving the extent to which trusts are vulnerable to claims in divorce.

Dan and his wife and children live in Greenwich, Connecticut.


05.15.2014Pre and Post Sale Planning for You, Your Company, and Your Family
09.10.2013Entity Planning for Real Estate Owners
06.19.2013Why Estate Tax Exemption Portability Isn't a Panacea
04.24.2013Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner
06.28.2012Estate and Gift Tax Workshop
06.26.2012Estate and Gift Tax Workshop
06.07.2012Estate and Gift Tax Workshop
06.05.2012Estate and Gift Tax Workshop
04.25.2012Estate and Succession Planning for the Family Business Owner: A Practical Guide
10.26.2011Family Business Succession
07.27.2011Estate Planning for Business Owners
10.22.2010Ultimate Estate, Retirement & Financial Planning Conference
10.22.2010Adventures in Generation Skipping Planning
09.16.2010Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax: Overview and Planning Opportunities
04.29.2010Estate Planning in 2010
04.27.2010Estate Planning in 2010
12.18.20092009 Estate Planning Update
12.16.20092009 Estate Planning Update
12.04.2009Post-Election Tax Planning Conference
11.17.2009Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner
10.29.2009Estate Planning for Retirement Accounts
10.21.2009Ultimate Estate, Retirement & Financial Planning Conference
10.19.2009Priceless Gift: Planning for Your Future Webcast
09.22.2009Estate Planning Webinar
09.11.2009The Complete Trust Course
09.10.2009The Complete Trust Course
08.19.2009Tax Planning for Individuals
07.19.2009AICPA Advanced Estate Planning Conference
05.04.2009Phase II: Post Election Tax Planning Conference
04.22.2009Estate Planning in a Volatile Environment
12.08.2008Estate Planning in Light of the Presidential Election
11.10.2008Conference on Sophisticated Tax Planning for Wealthy Clients in NY
10.22.2008NV Ultimate Estate, Retirement & Financial Planning Conference Seminar
09.24.2008The Complete Trust Course
08.18.2008Conference on Sophisticated Tax Planning for Wealthy Clients in NY
07.28.2008AICPA National Advance Estate Planning Conference
07.23.2008Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner
01.23.2008Estate Planning for the Business Owner: Charitable and Noncharitable Options
12.11.2007CSCPA Seminar: Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner

office Greenwich
phone 203-363-7665



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1987, cum laude
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1984, summa cum laude


  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • South Dakota

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