Attorney Dr. Caroline I. Esche


Dr. Caroline I. Esche is a dual-qualified attorney, licensed to practice law in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and in Germany.

Dr. Esche focuses her practice on estate and tax planning. She advises international clients on estate, income and gift tax issues, business succession, trust and estate administration, as well as contested trust and estate matters. She has significant experience working with family companies, drafting and administering complex estate plans for domestic and multinational high-net-worth individuals and families, and counseling fiduciaries in estate administration.

Previously, she practiced international trusts and estates law at the Washington DC law firm Rubin Winston Diercks Harris & Cooke LLP. During this time she was also a member of the defense team that represented the Federal Republic of Germany in litigation under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Dr. Esche is a frequent speaker before embassies, bank wealth management departments, bar associations and various international communities both in the US and in Europe.

Caroline serves as a co-chair of the International Private Client Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.


Phone: +1 202 790-2500


  • JD: Columbia University, New York, 2012
  • PhD: University of Münster, Germany, 2003
  • Second State Exam in Law: Düsseldorf Court of Appeals, Germany, 2009
  • First State Exam in Law: Hamm Court of Appeals, Germany, 2006
  • Diploma in Law (JD-equivalent): University of Münster, Germany, 2006


  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Germany


  • American Bar Association
    • Section of International Law
      • International Private Client Committee, past chair
      • International Tax Committee
    • Real Property, Trusts & Estates Section
      • Individual Retirement Accounts Committee, vice-chair
  • District of Columbia Bar:
    • Taxation Section
    • Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Montgomery County Bar Association: Estate and Trust Law Section
  • Munich Chamber of Attorneys (Rechtsanwaltskammer München)
  • Germal Bar Association, Estate Law Section (Deutscher Anwaltverein, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Erbrecht)
  • German Society for Estate Law and Successions (Deutsche Vereinigung für Erbrecht und Vermögensnachfolge)
  • German-American Lawyers’ Association (Deutsch-amerikanische Juristenvereinigung)
  • Alumni of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (Verband der Stipendiaten und Altstipendiaten der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung)


  • German
  • English
  • French