Bill Acker is a shareholder, director and corporate vice president. He maintains an “AV” peer review rating with Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest peer review rating for attorneys. He was also selected for inclusion in the 2010-2014 issues of Michigan Super Lawyers magazine featuring the top 5% of attorneys in Michigan in the practice area of Estate Planning & Probate. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 in the fields of Litigation & Controversy – Tax (also Lawyer of the Year 2014 in this practice area); Tax Law; Trusts and Estates; and Real Estate Law (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC). Additionally, Mr. Acker was selected by a vote of his peers to be included in DBusiness magazine’s list of 2013 and 2014 Top Lawyers in the practice area of Tax Law. He was also selected as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Taxation Law by American Lawyer Media.
An expert in business and taxation matters, he has authored numerous articles on tax and estate planning strategies for owners of real property; workouts and debt restructuring; tax deferred like-kind exchanges of property; partnership; state property tax and other tax matters for the Journal of Taxation, and the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section’s professional journal, The Real Property Review.
He is a frequent lecturer on the tax impact of federal tax legislation on real estate development, financing, investment and ownership, as well as the structuring of real estate and other business and joint commercial ventures. He speaks at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association, Michigan’s Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Real Property Section of the State Bar, the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and for other professional groups of real estate attorneys, tax attorneys and certified public accountants.
Education: — J.D., University of Michigan, 1975
B.B.A., with high distinction (first in class), University of Michigan, 1972
Bar and Court Admissions: — State Bar of Michigan, 1975
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Tax Court, 1976
Mr. Acker has extensive experience before the Internal Revenue Service.
State Bar of Michigan
He is a member of the sections on Taxation; Corporation, Banking and Business Law; Real Property; as well as Probate and Trust Law. He is a former multiple term member of the Council of the State of Michigan Real Property Section and continuing Chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section’s Tax Aspects of Real Estate Transactions Committee.
American Bar Association
Mr. Acker has served as a member of the Steering Committee for Leadership Oakland and co-chair of Leadership Oakland’s Justice System Subcommittee, which provides leadership education for Oakland County business.
Oakland County Bar Association
Mr. Acker has served as a member of the Steering Committee for Leadership Oakland and Co-Chair of Leadership Oakland’s Justice System Subcommittee, which provides leadership education for Oakland County business.