Senior Legal Research Attorney James P. Witt

B.A., Hamilton College, 1964.  J.D., University of Connecticut Law School, 1968. L.L.M., Tax, George Washington University, 1971.  Member, D.C. Bar. 

Prior to joining NLRG in 1974, Jim was in private practice in the District of Columbia.  He specializes in Tax Law and Estates, Trusts, and Wills.  He has worked on numerous cases involving federal estate tax includability issues, contracts to make wills, resulting and constructive trusts, and the cy pres doctrine. 

Jim has contributed articles on federal taxation to NLRG's client newsletter, Report From Counsel, and authored an article for the official publication of the Virginia State Bar, Spendthrift Trusts in Virginia—The "Support and Maintenance" Requirement, 42 Va. Law. No. 7 (Jan. 1994). 

Jim participated in civic actions programs during his U.S. Army service, including instruction in English for the Vietnamese National Police.  He is an addicted moviegoer and a faithful, although short-distance, runner.

See a sample of Jim's work.

Client Testimonials on James Witt

"Jim is prompt and an excellent writer as well as researcher, extremely thorough!"—Patricia Henderson, Colleyville, TX

"We just heard today that the court ruled against us, but we weren't surprised. Jim did a great job with the research, the law just wasn't on our side."—Michael Munden, Myrtle Beach, SC

"Very pleased with the effort to understand very complex law making it more understandable to less well trained research attorneys."—Gerard Snyder, Dolgeville, NY

"Very helpful - made the project much easier."—Michael Abramson, Chicago, IL

"Jim did an excellent job. Just what we needed!!!!"—W. Russell Snyder, Venice, FL

"As usual, a superior job. Thanks."—Victor King, Plainfield, NJ 

"Jim Witt is excellent. I enjoy working with him."— Thomas G. Byrum, Wheeling, WV

"[James has] given me a thorough legal analysis with copies of supporting case law in a timely manner at a resonable price."— Kemble White, Santa Barbara, CA

"Brilliant and prompt."— Rudy G. LaRussa, Tampa, FL

"[I would like] to express my appreciation for the excellent job that your office did on my request for research. The report was well organized, succinctly stated and easily digested. I could not have done a better job. I also appreciate the speed with which the work was done and reported to me. I gave very short notice of my need, and your office performed excellently within the time."— Paul C. Zempel, Tarpon Springs, FL

"Excellent research and [Mr. Witt's] report was very will written.  I was very pleased."— Alan C. Downen, McLeansboro, IL

"This [was] a very concise report that carefully explain[ed] the issues.... Thank you very much for your very valuable help."— Thomas A. Hoadley, Bloomington, IN

"In this instance, I can think of no way [Jim Witt] could have better met my needs."— William R. Pfister Sr., Lawrenceburg, IN

"I was completely satisfied. . . . I thought the opinion issued by Jim . . . resolved [the] issue in understandle ways, and I am impressed with the resolution of that difficult issue."— Frank E. Tolbert, Logansport, IN

"Very happy with the work product received [from Jim Witt]."— Ted W. Hoyt, Lafayette, LA

"I have finally completely digested your memorandum.  I am not happy with it; I am euphoric.  Thank you very kindly for your efforts."— Patrick Murphy, Hull, MA

"I appreciate your availability and your readiness in concluding the project."— Dallas S. Ward, Prince Frederick, MD

"[Jim Witt's document] was thoroughly written and anticipated opposing counsel's arguments."— Thomas J. Martinelli, Detroit, MI

"I was very satisfied and hope that the brief written by Mr. Witt persuades the court in [our] favor."— Gerald L. Weiss, West Bloomfield, MI

"Thorough, complete, well organized, persuasive, and prompt."— Robert L. Ostertag, Poughkeepsie, NY

"Because of the uniqueness of the issue presented, your company went beyond the scope of the work we discussed without charging for the additional work [performed by Jim Witt].  Such devotion and commitment make me realize that I have the best research I can obtain."— L. Frank Burleson Jr., Ahoskie, NC

"Thank you for being telephone accessible.  I appreciated [Jim Witt's] prompt return of my telephone calls.  [He was] great to work with."— Janette Reyes-Speer, Las Vegas, NV

"Mr. Witt understood my problem and addressed it very thoroughly and professionally. My client and I were verry satisfied."— Ben T. Benedum, Norman, OK

"[Mr. Witt's research was] very thorough given the limitations dictated.  Very pleased as usual with your service."— F. Douglas Shirley, Watonga, OK

"[Jim Witt's] promptness and efficiency in response to request was especially gratifying. Many thanks!"— John J. Collins, Fairless Hills, PA

"I received prompt, effective service. The research was concise and on point."— William R. Thomson, Belton, SC

"[Mr. Witt was] easy to deal with, responsive and pleasant!"— Jack W. Lawrence, Spartanburg, SC

"[Your] service was excellent and timely."— Bert Turner, Eastville, VA

"Excellent research discussion on an obscure point delivered in a very timely manner at a reasonable cost. All I could have hoped. Well done!"— Wilson Vellines Jr., Staunton, VA

"Jim [Witt was] pleasant to talk to and responsive to my concerns."— Robert J. McCloy, Parkersburg, WV

"I want to express my sincere appreciation to Jim Witt.  As always he was great."— Harold W. Wilson, Parkersburg, WV


Other satisfied clients who have used this attorney:

Christopher Desimone, Roanoke, VA
Christopher Desimone, Roanoke, VA
Kenneth R. Struble, Battle Creek, MI
Joseph Hickey, El Dorado AR
John F. Hanzel, Cornelius, NC
Roy Tesler, Falls Church, VA
Grant Smith, Goodlettsville, TN
Kenneth G. Rush, Springfield, OH
Roger McClure, McLean, VA
Martin F. Clark, Sr., Stuart, VA
Arthur O. Armstrong, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Dean Stagner, Orange, CA
Gene E. Fischer, Fort Collins, CO
Mary Bush Androski, Ansonia, CT
John D. Brennan III, East Hartford, CT
Richard J. Margenot, Greenwich, CT
James M. Hawley, Southport, CT
Bruce G. Kaufmann, Clearwater, FL
Berrien L. Sutton, Miami, FL
Carroll S. Barco, Orlando, FL
Kent W. Davis, Seminole, FL
Ronald D. McCall, Tampa, FL
Tim Moran, Tampa, FL
William D. Moorhead III, Albany, GA
James N. Butterworth, Cornelia, GA
Robert K. Finell, Rome, GA
Bernard A. Puglisi, Champaign, IL
John J. Turner, Chicago, IL
Ralph Thomson, Jacksonville, IL
Frank E. Tolbert, Logansport, IN
David L. Yewell, Owensboro, KY
Irwin H. Desser, Baltimore, MD
Arthur J. McCabe II, Andover, MA
Herbert D. Lewis, Boston, MA
William Greenberg, Canton, MA
Russell E. Haddleton, Hyannis, MA
Louis Barsky, Needham, MA
Frank A. Antonelli, Lapeer, MI
Paul H. Bibeau, Sylvan Lake, MI
Claude A. Chamberlin, Aberdeen, MS
John T. Armstrong Jr., Hazlehurst, MS
Richard P. Edgington III, Kennett, MO
James M. O'Reilly, Las Vegas, NV
Jerome J. Bruder, Monroe Township, NJ
Victor E.D. King, Plainfield, NJ
Paul V. Strawinski, River Vale, NJ
Cormac McEnery, Brooklyn, NY
Scott E. Lebensberger, Hendersonville, NC
George L. Collins, Jacksonville, NC
Dan Martin, Lima, OH
F. Douglas Shirley, Watonga, OK
Timothy M. Maatta, Monessen, PA
Michael J. Hudacek Sr., Plymouth, PA
Roger R. Ullman, Swarthmore, PA
Bernard R. Fielding Sr., Charleston, SC
Skidmore Neale Garrett, Jamestown, TN
Larry D. Wilks, Springfield, TN
Nathan A. East, Portland, TX
Jim Thigpen, Temple, TX
Christopher A. Webber Jr., Wallingford, VT
Michael L. Houliston, Annandale, VA
Stephen Flott, Arlington, VA
Robert T. Wandrei, Bedford, VA
Dennis S. Rooker, Charlottesville, VA
James D. Snyder, Clifton Forge, VA
W. Dean Short, Newport News, VA
T.C. Bowen Jr., Tazewell, VA
Robert M. Miller, Warrenton, VA
Boyce Griffith, Hamlin, WV
Lawrence E. Sherman Jr., Romney, WV
Daniel Buchanan, Jamestown, MD
Joseph Hickey, El Dorado, AR