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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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William B. Acker was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

William B. Acker

Kemp Klein
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Orlando, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Oil and Gas Law Real Estate Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Bethesda, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Health Care Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Littleton, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Port Washington, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Worth, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Reno, Nevada
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Corporate Law Real Estate Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Wichita, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Decatur, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Equipment Finance Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Nonprofit / Charities Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Tax Law Nonprofit / Charities Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law Corporate Law Health Care Law
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  • Location:
    Newark, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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Jeffrey T. Bennett was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jeffrey T. Bennett

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Wilmington, Delaware
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Waukesha, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Westport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Haven, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Worthington, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Century City, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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Jonathan A. Block was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Jonathan A. Block

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Securitization and Structured Finance Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Chicago, Illinois
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    San Diego, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    San Francisco, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Denville, New Jersey
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
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  • Location:
    New York, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Miami, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Elder Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - ERISA Employment Law - Management Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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J. Scott Broome was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

J. Scott Broome

J.S. Broome & Associates
  • Location:
    Gate Mills, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Austin, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Real Estate Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Tampa, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Timber Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Trademark Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law Copyright Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Naples, Florida Naples, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation - ERISA
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  • Location:
    Houston, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Tax Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law
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  • Location:
    Martinsburg, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Litigation - Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
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  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Boca Raton, Florida
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Nonprofit / Charities Law
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  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law
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Caroline D. Ciraolo was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Caroline D. Ciraolo

Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Tax Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Corporate Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
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  • Location:
    Rogers, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Trusts and Estates
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  • Location:
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Sacramento, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation and Controversy - Tax Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Greenwood Village, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Trusts and Estates Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Tax Law
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  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law Tax Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Trusts and Estates Corporate Law

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Tax Law Definition

The practice of tax law involves providing advice on the structure of a variety of commercial transactions, negotiating their terms, and assisting clients with tax-related controversies, including any that may arise out of those transactions. The types of transactions covered can vary widely, from the formation of new enterprises, funds, and joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and bank financings and even to internal restructurings and bankruptcies.

The structure of a transaction can significantly affect its tax consequences, and very small changes in structure or in the underlying facts can have enormous tax significance. Tax lawyers design structures with those consequences in mind, while also taking into account the parties’ commercial goals, timing issues, and any other legal or accounting considerations. The tax treatment of some transactions — such as a “spin-off,” where a company distributes subsidiary stock to its shareholders — is highly complex, and tax lawyers may assist clients in obtaining confirmation of their transactions’ tax consequences from the IRS in the form of a private letter ruling.

Tax lawyers also review and negotiate the terms of the transaction, ensuring that the legal agreements implement the deal in a manner consistent with its intended structure. The agreements also govern the relationship between the parties. They may help the parties understand the intended tax treatment, identify certain tax exposures, and allocate responsibility between the parties for any taxes that may apply.

Tax lawyers also work with clients to determine the most tax efficient manner of carrying on ongoing business operations, taking into account federal, state, local, and international tax considerations.

On occasion, tax-related disputes arise between the parties to a transaction or with the IRS or another taxing authority. Tax lawyers may represent clients in administrative proceedings, private settlement negotiations, or litigation related to these controversies.

Tax lawyers are responsible for providing technical advice and analysis, but must fully understand the overall business transaction in order to do so. The best lawyers give advice in a way that is clear, thoughtful, and business-minded. Tax lawyers need to be closely involved in a transaction from the very beginning and throughout the transaction, in order to be able to give the best advice on an ongoing basis and to be able to modify the structure, if necessary, in response to any changes to the business terms of the transaction.

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The practice of tax law involves providing advice on the structure of a variety of commercial transactions, negotiating their terms, and assisting clients with tax-related controversies, including any that may arise out of those transactions. The types of transactions covered can vary widely, from the formation of new enterprises, funds, and joint ventures to mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, and bank financings and even to internal restructurings and bankruptcies.

The structure of a transaction can significantly affect its tax consequences, and very small changes in structure or in the underlying facts can have enormous tax significance. Tax lawyers design structures with those consequences in mind, while also taking into account the parties’ commercial goals, timing issues, and any other legal or accounting considerations. The tax treatment of some transactions — such as a “spin-off,” where a company distributes subsidiary stock to its shareholders — is highly complex, and tax lawyers may assist clients in obtaining confirmation of their transactions’ tax consequences from the IRS in the form of a private letter ruling.

Tax lawyers also review and negotiate the terms of the transaction, ensuring that the legal agreements implement the deal in a manner consistent with its intended structure. The agreements also govern the relationship between the parties. They may help the parties understand the intended tax treatment, identify certain tax exposures, and allocate responsibility between the parties for any taxes that may apply.

Tax lawyers also work with clients to determine the most tax efficient manner of carrying on ongoing business operations, taking into account federal, state, local, and international tax considerations.

On occasion, tax-related disputes arise between the parties to a transaction or with the IRS or another taxing authority. Tax lawyers may represent clients in administrative proceedings, private settlement negotiations, or litigation related to these controversies.

Tax lawyers are responsible for providing technical advice and analysis, but must fully understand the overall business transaction in order to do so. The best lawyers give advice in a way that is clear, thoughtful, and business-minded. Tax lawyers need to be closely involved in a transaction from the very beginning and throughout the transaction, in order to be able to give the best advice on an ongoing basis and to be able to modify the structure, if necessary, in response to any changes to the business terms of the transaction.