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Stefan C. Nicholas, Attorney

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Stefan C. Nicholas is a director and chair of Jackson & Campbell’s Estates and Trusts practice group and a member of the Business Law practice group. He has extensive experience in drafting wills, trusts, and all ancillary documents in connection with estate and gift-tax planning, as well as asset-protection planning, including both on- and off-shore asset-protection trusts and the use of corporate entities. Stefan also has extensive experience with sophisticated wealth transfer techniques such as grantor retained interest trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, and defective grantor trusts.

In addition, Stefan specializes in developing exit-planning strategies for business owners, and has counseled clients on estate planning, business succession planning, and asset-protection planning with an emphasis on managing the tax impact that liquidity events have on a client’s personal assets. He has guided clients on completing mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, and has negotiated partnership, management, shareholder, employment, and confidentiality agreements on behalf of numerous clients.

Stefan earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Moore Society of International Law and the Black Law Students Association. Before that, Stefan earned his master’s in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia Wilson School of Foreign Affairs. He received a BA in International Relations from Georgetown University, which he followed with academic stints in Prague in the Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany, where he earned a Certificate of German Language and Culture from the Goethe Institute.

Stefan is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of New York.

Stefan is a member of the American Bar Association and the Estates and Trusts Bar of the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Wealth Counsel and the Business Enterprise Institute, and is currently treasurer and a member of the board of directors for DC Vote and the chairman of the board of the Hilda & Charles Mason Charitable Foundation. Stefan also serves on the advisory board for Eagle Bank and the George Washington Cancer Institute, as well as the Alumni Board for Georgetown Day School.

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

Anything not worth doing well is not worth doing.”

– Warren Buffett

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Ambition is the germ from which all growth of nobleness proceeds.”

– Thomas Dunn

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

The follow-your-gut mentality of the entrepreneur has the potential to take you anywhere you want to go or run you right out of business.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries