Rachel D. Burke

Practice Areas
Estates & Trusts

Rachel Burke is a partner in the firm’s Estate Planning practice, where she tailors the estate plans of individuals and couples to meet both their tax focused and personal goals. Rachel also advises and assists fiduciaries and beneficiaries in the administration of existing trusts and estates. She enjoys multigenerational planning and administration matters including business succession planning.

Rachel has experience with lifetime giving strategies and testamentary plans to reduce gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes. She has written and spoken on the topic of fiduciary income taxation.


Washingtonian Magazine Top Money Advisors: Estate Attorneys
2016, 2014, and 2012

Super Lawyers Rising Star: Washington, D.C. and Maryland
2016 and 2015

Legal Bisnow Trending: 40 Lawyers Under 40
July 23, 2015

Martindale Hubbell
AV Rated

Professional Associations & Memberships

Georgetown University Law Center - LLM Program
Adjunct Professor (Fall 2017)

Maryland State Bar Association
Estates and Trusts Section, Section Council Member (2016–present)

District of Columbia Bar
Steering Committee Member, Taxation Section (2013–2016)
Past Chair, Estate Planning Committee, Taxation Section  (2009–2011)
Vice-Chair, Estate Planning Committee, Taxation Section (2008–2009)
Standing Committee Member, Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section (2005–2006)

American Bar Association
Second Vice-Chair and Subcommittee Chair for Important Developments (2011–2013), Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, Section of Taxation
Member, Section of Taxation

Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement

Christ Child Society of Washington, D.C.
Board Member

Publications & Presentations

Speaker, "Maryland Caselaw Updates", District of Columbia Bar (June 2017)

Speaker, "2017 Heckerling Highlights", Montgomery County Bar Association (January 2017)

Speaker, "Maryland Caselaw Updates", District of Columbia Bar (June 2016)

Author, "Maryland Caselaw Developments", Maryland State Bar Association Fall 2015 and 2016 Newsletters

Speaker, “The Evolving Estate Plan—Takeaways from Heckerling 2015” (Jan. 22, 2015), Maryland State Bar Association Estate Gift Tax Study Group

Speaker,“Top Ten Takeaways from Heckerling” (January 2014), Estate Planning Council of Montgomery County

Speaker,“Recent Developments in Fiduciary Income Tax” (2011–2013), Fiduciary Income Tax Committee, Section of Taxation, ABA

Speaker,“Creating Grantor Trusts” ABA/RPTE eCLE (May 10, 2011)

Speaker,“Creating Intentional Grantor Trusts Using Section 674,” ABA Section of Taxation and Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, Trust and Estate Division 2010 Joint Fall CLE Meeting (September 23–25, 2010)

Speaker, bimonthly presentations on current development in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Estate Planning Committee, Tax Section, District of Columbia Bar (Fall 2006–Spring 2008)

Co-Editor, Estates,“Trusts and Probate Law Newsletter,” District of Columbia Bar (2005–2006)