Profiles in Membership

Volume 27 No. 3

A project of the Section’s Standing Committee on Membership

Alan Di Sciullo

Alan is the director of global real estate for Shearman & Sterling LLP, where he directs the global law firm’s worldwide real estate portfolio. He has been a senior vice-president with a major global bank and of counsel with a New Jersey law firm. He had a long tenure at Morgan Stanley as a first vice-president and senior counsel, where one of his major deals was doing the legal work for the largest lease at the World Trade Center and handling the issues resulting from the 1993 bombing and 9/11 attack on the Center.

Alan first became active in the Section about 30 years ago as a junior real estate lawyer. He credits Manny Halper with his early involvement, noting Manny’s mentoring and encouragement to write and speak for the Section. Currently, Alan co-chairs the Committee on Groups and Substantive Committees. He previously chaired the Assignment and Subleasing Committee and was a long-serving chair of the Office Leasing Committee.

Besides the ABA, Alan has been active in other civic and professional activities. He was a member of President Reagan’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (the Grace Committee) and was elected a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers in 2003. He served as president of the New York chapter of the International Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives and presently is a director on the New Jersey Planning Officials Board.

Alan has an undergraduate degree in Government and Economics (cum laude) from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He also received an M.B.A. in finance from New York University. During his schooling, he managed the college newspaper and captained the university’s rugby team.

Alan lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Mary Jo, and is the proud parent of two daughters. He and his wife enjoy traveling, including recent trips to St. Thomas, North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and Europe.

W. Birch Douglass III

Birch is a partner in the Richmond, Virginia, office of McGuireWoods LLP and a member of its Private Wealth Services group. He acts as a trusted advisor to affluent private clients and family offices nationwide. Through his substantial experience in all areas of tax law, he counsels clients on practical, comprehensive, tax-efficient solutions to their wealth management needs. After finishing law school in Richmond, Birch earned an LL.M. at Harvard Law School before joining McGuireWoods in 1969 in its corporate department, where he handled corporate transactions for several years before migrating to a trusts and estates practice.

Birch is and has been active in both the Taxation Section and the RPTE Section. Before becoming more active in the RPTE Section, he served as chair of the Fiduciary Income Tax Committee of the Taxation Section. Birch has been active in a number of RPTE’s substantive committees, and his first leadership role in the Section was in 1995 as an acquisitions editor for the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, a role in which he continues to serve. Since then, Birch has served on several standing committees and currently is a co-chair of the Publications Committee and chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries.

Charitable organizations and their activities are an important part of Birch’s life. Birch has served for years as a trustee of his alma mater, Hampden-Sydney College, and has been elected a trustee emeritus. He has recently been reappointed by the governor of Virginia for a second term as a trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Birch assists many families with their private foundations and other charitable planning.

Birch and his wife, Ginny, spend much of their free time maintaining several boats and a second home near the Chesapeake Bay, leaving little time for Birch’s golf. Birch and Ginny love to travel and self-cater whenever possible. Their favorite city is London, where they try to go twice a year.


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