Roger M. Ritt - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Roger M. Ritt

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1993
Phone: 617-526-6475

Roger Ritt concentrates his practice on (i) federal and state tax controversies in which he has successfully represented clients in the US Tax Court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, IRS appeals and other courts and administrative proceedings, (ii) taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs, (iii) executive compensation and § 280G golden parachutes, and (iv) bankruptcies and workouts.


Mr. Ritt has served as tax counsel to a number of clients in merger and acquisition and spin-off transactions, including Dean Foods in its spin-off of TreeHouse, Blockbuster's Special Committee in the spin-off of Blockbuster by Viacom, Akamai, Avid, BJ's Wholesale Club, John Hancock, Redhat, Sepracor, Teradyne and Wright Express.

Mr. Ritt has also represented clients in significant bankruptcy cases. He acted as tax counsel to Harold Brown in the largest individual bankruptcy case in New England, to the debtors in the Arch Wireless, Mattress Discounters, and KB Toys Chapter 11 proceedings, and to the creditors committees in the Wang and the EUA Power Chapter 11 proceedings.

In the controversy area, Mr. Ritt has successfully represented many clients at the US Tax Court, IRS appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He represented the principal owners of the Boston Celtics in a tax dispute arising in connection with its public offering, obtaining multi-million dollar judgments in Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board proceedings that were affirmed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

University of PennsylvaniaBA Boston University School of Law

Client Comments

"Roger is the best tax lawyer bar none. He understands the intricacies of the code and has the most business focused approach to tax of any corporate tax lawyer. Most impressive, Roger can talk about the most arcane tax issue in business terms. He is creative and brilliant!"

Office Location

60 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2010 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Boston Metro Area
Roger M. Ritt has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2010!

Practice Areas

Tax Law