Profiles in Membership

Volume 26 No. 3

A project of the Section’s Standing Committee on Membership


Nancy J. Appleby

Nancy is the founder and managing member of Appleby Law PLLC in Alexandria, Virginia. Before founding her firm, she practiced for more than 20 years in New Mexico with Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A., and for several years in the District of Columbia with a large regional firm.

Nancy describes herself as a “dirt lawyer,” having spent the majority of her legal career wrangling with real estate issues, though it may be more accurate to describe her practice as a mélange of “dirt” law and federal Indian law. More than 20 years ago, Nancy began representing lenders for projects on Indian land. Her Indian law practice—still largely based in commercial transactions and still as an advocate and counsel for persons who wish to do business with Native American tribes and tribal businesses—has grown into a national practice that includes clients from coast to coast and from the Canadian to Mexican borders. Nancy is the first to tell you that she loves her practice and her clients, all of which are just as challenging and fascinating as they were years ago.

Nancy has been an active member of RPTE for 25 years. She is the first to say that her work with RPTE has been great fun and very gratifying. She has developed relationships with wonderful colleagues and has made lifelong friends.

Nancy works with the Alexandria, Virginia, Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee and with the Education Committee of the Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, a nonprofit that provides shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy for homeless individuals and families who seek sustainable independence and stability. She is recognized both by Chambers USA and by Best Lawyers/US News & World Report as one of nation’s premier Native American Law attorneys.

Nancy is a notorious gym rat and is always up for a good aerobic or strength workout. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys the company of her two remarkable daughters and reading popular, often mind-numbing, fiction. Doesn’t everyone?


Leigh-Alexandra Basha

Leigh is a partner in the McLean, Virginia, office of Holland & Knight, where she chairs the firm’s International Private Client Practice. She represents U.S. and foreign high net worth individuals and multinational families in the areas of tax and estate planning. Her practice attracts clients from across the globe, and she assists them with pre-immigration planning, expatriation, tax compliance, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and family wealth preservation.

Leigh’s leadership role with RPTE began as chair of the International Tax Planning Committee of the Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group. She also became active in the Section’s Communications Committee and on the Task Force on USA Patriot Act and Gatekeeper Regulation. Leigh now serves as the vice-chair of the Income and Transfer Tax Planning Group. She has spoken frequently at ABA conferences throughout her career, lending her insight and experience in international tax and estate planning matters to fellow Section members.

In addition to her activities with RPTE, Leigh is a fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel, where she co-chairs the Financial Action Task Force, serves on the Executive Council of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and is immediate past chair of the Individual Tax and Private Client Committee of the International Bar Association. She has been recognized among the top lawyers in her field, most recently in The Best Lawyers in America, Citiwealth Leaders (London), and repeatedly in Washington, D.C., and Virginia Super Lawyers. She was recently recognized with the Women and the Law Leadership Award.

Leigh’s international tax practice pairs perfectly with her passion for reaching beyond U.S. borders. Passport in hand, Leigh never shies away from an opportunity for international exchange. With friends, family, clients, and business around the globe, she travels frequently. If she ever gets a spare moment and a wifi connection at 40,000 feet, a travel blog may not be out of the question.


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