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William B. "Bill" Acker


Kemp Klein

Recognized since 2012

Troy, Michigan

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Real Estate Law

Tax Law

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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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 2010-2019 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© 2020 in the fields of Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates; and Real Estate Law (Copyright 2019 by Woodward/White, Inc., of SC) and was named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Troy. Additionally, Mr. Acker was selected by a vote of his peers to be included in DBusiness magazine’s list of Top Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 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.

His articles also appear in the Wayne Law Review, and State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section’s professional journal, the Michigan Tax Lawyer.

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.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 600
    Troy, MI 48084

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation and Controversy - Tax

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Tax Law, Troy (2019)
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Detroit (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Real Estate Law
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Estate Planning

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.

Education:

J.D., University of Michigan, 1975
B.B.A., with high distinction (first in class), University of Michigan, 1972

Memberships:

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.

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