Ms. Priya Prakash Royal, Esq., LL.M., MBA, is a former IRS attorney and an established expert in tax law and estate planning. Ms. Royal is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. In addition to being retained as tax counsel, she has served as an expert witness, has been published in trade journals and is a recognized speaker.
Ms. Royal was an attorney in the Estate and Gift Tax division of the Internal Revenue Service where she examined prominent and ultra high net worth estate and gift tax returns. She also developed course materials for internal attorneys, worked on a high profile, billion dollar estate, and supervised other Estate Tax Attorneys. She was instrumental in a project to develop a better understanding of the implications of income tax law in estate and gift tax and encourage better collaboration between the various tax divisions to help taxpayers by expediting the process.
Additionally, Ms. Royal has worked at established law firms in New Jersey on complex commercial litigation, tax, estate planning and estate administration matters. She has structured estate and gift plans including endowment agreements, irrevocable trusts such as life insurance trusts, and counseled clients on charitable planning to minimize estate and gift tax liabilities. She has also successfully disputed additional assessments by federal and state taxing authorities involving complex income and estate tax issues.
Ms. Royal is a recognized speaker and author. She has been published in the New Jersey Law Journal, by the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, and in the Heritage Auctions’ Trusts and Estates Journal. She has presented on tax planning issues at local and national forums,including the USPTO’s National Trademark Expo (on rights of publicity and planning for celebrity estates), the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court, Strafford Webinars, the DC Bar, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the DC Appraisal Institute.
She devotes significant time to pro bono service and on legal education. She is currently serving in the leadership with the DC Bar committee on Estates, Trusts, and Probate and as co-chair of the Tax Section for the South Asian Bar Association (SABA). She also mentors law students, serves on the advisory board of a film and animation non-profit, Project Twenty1, and was instrumental in developing a nonprofit focused on narrowing the wealth gap.
She has provided pro bono services through various charitable organizations, including, Pro Bono Partnership, Partners for Women and Justice (helping victims of domestic abuse) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund (preventing cruelty to animals).
She received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Masters in Law in Taxation (LL.M.) from Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania and completed her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at Rutgers University in New Jersey with majors in Journalism and Mass Media, Political Science, and Philosophy. She also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from American Public University System. She is conversant in Hindi, Tamil, Spanish, and French.
Jessie Herzog- Associate Attorney
Jessie Herzog is an associate attorney at the Royal Law Firm and manages the firm’s California matters. She has extensive experience in corporate law, business transactions, and estate planning/administration.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Herzog handled commercial transactions and compliance for a multinational corporation. She oversaw contractual matters in global service supply chain management, and negotiated agreements in software licensing, non-disclosure, and data privacy. She remediated audits for internal controls and SOX, and supervised the global compliance plan and business continuity plan across four departments. Her corporate legal compliance experience also includes working with venture capital.
Before and during law school, Ms. Herzog developed a significant background in estate planning while working at a boutique firm in San Francisco. Under the guidance of senior attorneys, she developed comprehensive estate plans for clients to preserve wealth and minimize tax exposure.
Ms. Herzog obtained a JD from Golden Gate University in 2016, with a public interest specialization. During law school, she was a teaching assistant and a library researcher. She also clerked with a nonprofit on estate administration matters, managed a start-up on mental health for legal professionals, and interned with the San Mateo County Superior Court. She received her B.A in Literature and Political Theory from UC Santa Cruz.
Pawnee A. Davis – Counsel
Attorney Davis has more than 15 years of combined experience in federal investigations and law practice. Formerly, a senior-level U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) analyst, she evaluated the efficiency and effectiveness of government contracts with private companies with a focus on policy issues. She also implemented strategic planning, and targeted resources by balancing need and efficiency. Her experience includes working on projects for the federal government to implement enterprise-wide IT systems, reallocate resources, and systematize processes, and overall impact in compliance and strategy.
Attorney Davis provides counsel on the the firm’s business matters by enabling clients to structure their businesses, operations, and management for continued and emerging success in Government Contracting. Her advisory services include strategizing and implementing structures, documents, corporate records, and contracts in compliance with and navigating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), business succession planning goals, budgeting needs, legal compliance protocols, and other business structuring and compliance considerations.
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