Darren M. Wallace


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Darren Wallace advises clients regarding all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and gift taxation, and probate and trust litigation.

Darren regularly counsels private equity and hedge fund principals on planning opportunities offered by the significant upside potential of carried interests in their funds. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising family offices and their principals on a variety of tax, governance, structuring and related planning matters.

Additionally, Darren counsels art collectors, investors, family offices, artists and charitable organizations on issues arising from the ownership of valuable art, as well as jewelry and other tangible personal property.

Darren has been listed in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) as a leading lawyer for wealthy individuals and families in Connecticut for several years. In 2018, Chambers quoted a trusted source saying, "In addition to being an excellent lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable and professional, Darren has a great demeanor with clients and is the definition of a true trusted adviser for his clients. He is not only highly efficient and responsive, but also willing to spend whatever time it takes for clients to understand and feel comfortable with the planning work he does. Darren is approachable and has a calm and reassuring way with clients."

Darren is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a member of its Business Planning Committee. He frequently speaks and writes on planning topics for high net worth individuals. He is also a member of both the Tax and the Estates and Probate Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a member of the executive committee of the Estates and Probate Section.

Darren lives in Fairfield, CT, with his wife Marianne and their three daughters.

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Education and Credentials

University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D.
Colgate University, B.A.
State of Connecticut
District of Columbia
State of New York
Connecticut Bar Association, Estates and Probate Section, Executive Committee; Tax Section
Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Estates, Probate, and Tax Committee, Former Co-Chair and Executive Committee Member
Fairfield County Bar Association
Estate Planning Council of Lower Fairfield County
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow; Business Planning Committee

Recognition and Community


Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation – Trusts and Estates, 2023, Trusts and Estates, 2023-2024

Featured in AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyers for New York Trust and Estates Law by The American Lawyer (ALM Media Properties, LLC) and Martindale-Hubbell (LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell), 2021

Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) of recognized practitioners for wealthy individuals and families in Connecticut, 2016, 2018-2023

Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), 2012

Recipient of the New Leaders of the Law "Advocacy Award" presented by the Connecticut Law Tribune (ALM Media Properties, LLC), 2005

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PLAN of Connecticut, Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists in planning for the future of family members with disabilities and provides continuity of services for such individuals, Board of Directors, Former Member