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Lars Etzkorn

Lars EtzkornLars’ legal practice focuses on estate and life planning, trust and estate administration, charitable giving and nonprofit governance. He works with individuals and families, and with local and national cultural, education and health organizations.

He started his legal career as Counsel with the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and was then Counselor to the Vice Chair at the Interstate Commerce Commission. 

 Lars served also in senior and cabinet appointments for four mayors in two cities (Bosley and Harmon in St. Louis, MO; Williams and Fenty in Washington, DC).

In addition to practicing law, he is Secretary of the Board of the DowntownDC Foundation, Treasurer of the Board the National Capital Gift Planning Council, is Chair of the Trustees of the Endowment at the Arts Club of Washington and is a member of the Alumni Board of Governors at Washington University in St. Louis. By mayoral appointment, he is a member of the DC Commission on National and Community Service (Serve DC). Previously, he was Vice Chair of the Saint Elizabeths East Advisory Board, and was a Trustee and Treasurer of Olney Friends School, in Barnesville, OH.

Lars is a cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law, where he was Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis. Lars is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Missouri. He lives in DC with his husband, Gregory Hoss, the President of David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc., and their energetic dachshund, Ella Louise.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Board Responsibilities
– US Department of Commerce Gym

Estate Planning 101
– Food & Friends, Inc.

Estate Planning for Artists
– International Arts & Artists
– Washington Sculptors Group

Gifting With IRA Rollovers
– National Capital Gift Planning Council

Planned Giving
– Food & Friends, Inc.
– Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC
– National Building Museum

Special Needs Trusts
– National Capital Gift Planning Council

Ten Questions to Help Face the End-of-Life
– David M. Schwarz Architects, Inc.