Hal J. Webb

Area of Focus: Tax, Private Wealth Services
"He is extremely knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to international work and the US tax considerations. Furthermore, he is always a pleasure to work with, very helpful and very responsive."  - Chambers HNW
Hal J. Webb
When the world’s wealthiest families need assistance with international tax planning, global estate planning, or planning related to investing in or moving to the U.S., they come to Hal. Head of Bilzin Sumberg's International Tax & Private Wealth Group, Hal advises high-net-worth private clients, family offices, and trust companies from across the world, particularly the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. He regularly provides advice regarding foreign trusts with U.S. beneficiaries, pre-immigration tax and estate planning, planning for large gifts and inheritances being received by U.S. persons from foreign persons or foreign estates, foreign investment in U.S. real estate and business interests, and tax compliance and reporting. 

For Hal, a client’s privacy is sacrosanct. Like his legal work, Hal’s reputation for discretion is well-known. As a result, his clients trust him with details rarely shared outside a very small, closed circle. Hal forms bonds so close with his clients that they oftentimes treat him like part of their family.
Q & A
What do clients value about working with you?
I am an honest, trustworthy, sensible and discreet person. I am also a good listener. Clients are comfortable divulging extremely private information to me they may not have told many other people. It means I have incredibly close relationships with my clients.
Why does your practice thrive in Miami?
Miami has become a magnet for ultra-high net worth international individuals, and many of those individuals have financial investments and investments in real estate located in Miami. In addition, many international business transactions have some connection to Miami. The city is also an important location for access to and from Latin America and the Caribbean.
What is keeping your clients up at night?
Many clients are concerned about the implications and timing of the new Common Reporting Standard (CRS) being implemented and managed by the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development). 
  • University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation, 1996
    Widener University Delaware Law School, J.D., 1995
    University of Miami, B.A., Accounting, 1992
  • American Bar Association
    Tax Section, Member
    The Florida Bar
    International Tax In-Bound Committee, Chairman
    Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
    Miami Branch, Director, 2000 - 2017; Chairman, 2014 - 2015
  • Florida
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Band 2, Chambers HNW, Private Wealth Law - Florida, 2016 - present

    Chambers Global Guide, International Private Client, 2018 - present

    Chambers USA, Tax, 2023 - present

    STEP Private Client Awards, Legal Team of the Year Category Finalist, 2020

    Citywealth Magazine, Leaders List, 2011 - present

    Legal Week, Private Client Global Elite, 2012, 2017 - present

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2020

    The Best Lawyers in America, Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2009 - present

    Who’s Who Legal, Private Client Lawyers, 2015 - present

    Best of the Best USA, Trust and Estates, 2016 - present

    Florida’s Best Lawyers, Lawyers of the Year, Tax Law, 2016

    AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory

    Guide to the World’s Leading Trusts & Estates Practitioners, 2010