Heather H. Szajda


HEATHER H. SZAJDA has practiced for over 25 years and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and tax planning with an emphasis on business succession planning.

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Building my own practice as a solo attorney was one of the most rewarding professional accomplishments of my career, but joining Virginia Estate & Trust Law has allowed me to serve my clients as a fiduciary when needed. I also understand the rewards of building your own professional endeavor and the difficulty in transitioning to a new stage, which is why I find helping clients with business succession planning to be so rewarding.

Professional accomplishments

  • Admission to the Tax Court, Washington, DC (2001)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Commonwealth Community Trust, Past President and Board Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Richmond, Member
  • Trust Administrators Council of Richmond, Past President and Member
  • University of Richmond Estate Planning Seminar for Professionals, Planning Committee Member
  • VBA Virginia Wills for Heroes, Former Co-Chair
  • Virginia Bar Association’s Section on Wills, Trusts & Estates, Member
  • Virginia State Bar, Past Member, Board of Governors for the Trusts and Estates Section

Prior work experience 

  • Heather H. Szajda, PLC, solo practice
  • Williams Mullen, Associate
  • Stein, Sperling, Bennett and DeJong, Associate

Education and recognition

  • Georgetown University School of Law, LLM, with distinction
  • Wake Forest School of Law, J.D.
  • Wake Forest University, B.A., cum laude
  • Named to “Legal Elite” (Taxes, Estates and Trusts), Virginia Business
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Trusts & Estates

Admissions to Practice

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia