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David Wallace Wilson, M.C.J.

Partner, Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP)

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes

P.O. Box 2088

1211 Geneva 1

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

French, English, German

T +41 22 707 8000
F +41 22 707 8001

David Wallace Wilson is a Partner with Schellenberg Wittmer’s Private Clients and Estates practice. He advises individuals and families on wealth structuring and estate planning for their personal and business assets.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • Advising individuals and families on wealth structuring, life-time and estate planning
  • Specialist in complex family, guardianship and inheritance disputes
  • Acting as executor in international successions
  • Advising trustees and intermediaries on regulatory issues (AML, CRS etc.)
  • Assisting clients with their fine-art and philanthropic ventures


Professional Experience
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

Education and Admission
STEP Advanced Certificate in Mediation
Bar Admission in Switzerland
STEP Qualified Practitioner
Master of Laws in Comparative Jurisprudence (M.C.J.), New York University
Master of Law, University of Geneva

Additional Professional Activities
  • Chairman of STEP Geneva (officer since 2004)
  • Co-Editor of the Trust Quarterly Review
  • Founder of, the leading website on trusts in Switzerland
  • Extensive speaking engagements and topical publications


  • Chambers Europe/Global
  • Swiss Leading Individual Award (WealthBriefing Swiss Awards 2015)
  • Private Client Elite (Legal Week 2017 & 2012)
  • Legal 500
  • Who’s Who Legal (2018): Thought Leader
  • Swiss Who's Who (2015)
  • CityWealth Leaders List (2017)
  • A Top 30 Trusts & Estates Practitioner (The Best of the Best – Expert Guides 2016)

„top 20 below 40 Swiss leader“

Bilan 2010

Selected Publications

From Pole to Pole
in: Trust Quarterly Review, vol.15, issue 1, 2017, p.3 (edited by STEP)
Trust in Suisse
in: Trust Quaterly Review, vol. 14, issue 3, pp.9-13
Swiss nerves of steel : Beneficiaries’ standing to sue
in: Trusts & Trustees, Vol. 22, issue 7, 2016, p.794-799 (Online: May 5,2016)
Le Trust comme Instrument de Planification dans le cadre des Relations Familiales
Le droit de la famille dans tous ses états : Formation d'avocat spécialiste FSA en droit de la famille. - Olivier Guillod / Audrey Leuba (éds.) . - Facultés de droit des Universités de Neuchâtel et de Genève, 2014, pp.339ss