Tax



We guide our clients through the intricate tax laws of today with an eye toward maximizing benefits, reducing risk and resolving uncertainty.

Our approach

Tax law is complex and constantly evolving.

Companies are looking for strategic partners to provide clear and decisive answers to their tax questions—from resolving controversies and facilitating complex transactions to developing sound tax planning strategies.

Moving quickly and efficiently, we use our business perspective to help clients meet their business objectives.

Our experienced, creative tax attorneys not only monitor, but influence new developments in the tax laws and consistently deliver practical, understandable advice to our clients—from domestic, multinational, multistate and small to middle-market businesses, to nonprofit organizations, estates, trusts and individuals.

We have a deep knowledge of tax law in the following areas:

  • Employee benefits
  • Tax-exempt entities
  • Real estate
  • Syndication
  • Public finance
  • Tax litigation
  • Personal tax planning
  • Estate and trust tax planning

Who we work with

  • Financial institutions
  • Multistate corporations
  • Private clients
  • Middle-market businesses (technology, biotechnology, media, health care, etc.)
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Operating businesses
  • International corporations
  • Individuals in the U.S. and abroad
  • Insurance companies
  • Nonprofits
  • Private equity/venture capital firms

Recent Experience

  • Served as tax counsel for a $500 million tax-free merger of two public companies
  • Won a California client’s tax case against the IRS on summary judgment, avoiding a lengthy trial and favorably resolving the issue for future years
  • Structured and drafted partnership agreements for operating businesses, investment funds, venture funds, leveraged buyout funds, hedge funds and real estate development ventures
  • Designed and completed the post-merger integration and streamlining of two major industry trade associations
  • Structured a complex recapitalization and redemption of stock of a large, privately held multinational corporate group in the manufacturing sector
  • Designed a practical 50-state sales tax compliance strategy for an Internet-based business
  • Obtained IRS Private Letter Rulings and similar assurances from state and local tax authorities
  • Defended clients in: IRS audits, at the IRS Appeals Office, federal tax litigation, state tax audits and litigation in numerous states, and state unclaimed property audits and negotiations
  • Represented clients making voluntary disclosures of offshore accounts to the IRS

Recognition

  • Recommended as one of the “leading tax firms in the world” in the 6th edition of Tax Directors Handbook 2012, compiled by the publishers of The Legal 500 and Legal Business Magazine.

Trump’s tax overhaul could make history, but can it work?

The Boston Globe | November 13, 2016

This piece focuses on a prospect of a tax overhaul in a Trump administration. Boston private clients partner Sarah Connolly comments on how the political climate (now a Republican Senate, Republican House, and Executive Office) is well positioned to repeal the estate tax given the Congressional majority is Republican.

Trumps changes to the tax codes may encourage dynastic wealth

The New York Times | November 12, 2016

This article discusses President-elect Trump’s tax code proposals and how he plans to repeal the estate tax. Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly is quoted discussing how changes to the estate tax likely won’t impact Trump’s supporter base.

LLCs should carefully choose an incentive compensation plan

Rochester Business Journal | April 15, 2016

Rochester partner Jeff LaBarge and associate Brian Mahoney authored this column in which they explore tax considerations around equity-based compensation plans.

People on the Move

Washington Business Journal | July 15, 2014

This coverage notes that Washington, DC, Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Christian McBurney has been elected chair of the Tax Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Don't Miss It: Hot Deals & Firms We're Following This Week

Law360 | July 10, 2014

Gannett Co., Inc.’s acquisition of seven Texas television stations from London Broadcasting Company for $215 million is highlighted among the top deals this week. Nixon Peabody represented Gannett. The deal team noted in the coverage includes Public Company Transactions practice group leader John Partigan, Labor & Employment partners Brian Kopp and Michael Hausknecht, Tax partner Christian McBurney, Antitrust partner Gordon Lang and counsel Alycia Ziarno, and associates Tiana Butcher and Pierce Han.

Versar picks up J.M. Waller

The Deal | July 02, 2014

Client J.M. Waller Associates’ sale to Versar, Inc. is highlighted in this piece. The coverage notes J.M. Waller’s legal team led by securities practice group leader John Partigan and includes partners Brian Kopp and Christian McBurney; associate Pierce Han; and paralegal Alicia Rotella.

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