Robert M. FinkelPartner
Robert M. Finkel is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s New York City office where he also serves as Chair of its Tax Practice Group.
Mr. Finkel has over 35 years of experience as a tax and business lawyer. His practice focuses on the areas of individual and business taxation including tax controversy and tax litigation.
Mr. Finkel advises clients on the tax aspects of a wide range of business transactions including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and real estate transactions. He also advises Israel-based high-tech companies on US operations and financings, and advises not-for-profit and charitable organizations on a variety of issues.
In addition, he represents clients in audits and other controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, state and other taxing authorities, as well as in all phases of the litigation before the United States Tax Court and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.
Mr. Finkel has been an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Tax Program since 1995. He was an adjunct Professor at the Radzyner Law School (IDC Herzliya, Israel) where he taught U.S. corporate and tax law (2005-2006).
Prior to private practice, Mr. Finkel was a senior trial attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.
Boston University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Edward F. Hennessey Scholar
Joseph Tauro Scholar
University of Massachusetts, B.A. cum laude
Mr. Finkel is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the United States District Court (Massachusetts).
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Massachusetts Bar Association (2001-2005 Member Tax Section Council)
Member, Boston Bar Association (2004-2006 Co-Chair, Tax Controversy Committee)
Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Program (1995-present)
Adjunct Faculty Member, The Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel (2006-2007)
Board Member, IE-Club of Boston
Member, Board of Directors, American Friends of LIBI (2004-2012)
Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Family Services of North Shore (2004-2007)
Member, Board of Directors, Holocaust Center, Boston North, Inc. (2001-2005)
Chairman, Professional Advisory Committee Jewish Community Foundation of North Shore (2000-2003)
Member, Executive Committee, Boston University School of Law Alumni Association (1987-1995)
2020-2022 New York Super Lawyers®
2013-2022 Best Lawyers in America®
2011-2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers®
2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in the practice area of Litigation & Controversy-Tax-Boston Best Lawyers in America®
Presenter, Tax Implications of Business Breakups, New England IRS Representation Conference, Fall 2019
Presenter, LLC’s vs. S-CORPs: Tax Considerations, Non-Tax Differences & Common Mistakes to Avoid, myLawCLE
Presenter, Fundamentals of Business Tax Law, MCLE
Presenter, Tax Fraud Matters, Criminal and Civil Practice Pointers, Boston Bar Association
Panelist, LLCs Demystified, MCLE
Presenter, Tax Controversy at the IRS and in Court, Boston Bar Association
Presenter, Tax Controversies: Tax Shelters and IRS Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs, Boston University Tax Institute
Presenter, 11th Annual Internal Revenue Service Town Meeting, Bentley University
Presenter, University of Massachusetts Annual Tax School for Accountants
Panelist, Fundamentals of Partnership Taxation, Boston Bar Association
Presenter, Buying or Selling a Business in the New Economy, Federal Tax Institute of New England
Presenter, Federal and State Tax Update, MCLE/Massachusetts Bar Association, Annual Meeting
Panelist, Advanced Tax Issues of Entity Selection, CLE / CPE Webinar
Presenter, Corporate Tax Basics, MCLE/Massachusetts Bar Association
Presenter, Tax Issues for Non-Tax Lawyers, MCLE/Massachusetts Bar Association
Presenter, Is an LLC Right for Your Client?, MCLE/Massachusetts Bar Association
Presenter, Limited Liability Companies in Massachusetts, National Business Institute
Presenter, Massachusetts Sales and Use Tax Update, National Business Institute
Presenter, Business Lawyer’s Guide to Taxation of Business Entities, MCLE
Presenter, Basic Tax Issues for Solo and Small Firms, Boston Bar Association
Presenter, 1997 Tax Act Review, National Business Institute
Quoted: IRAs Gone Wild: How To Invest In Private Equity, Real Estate, Gold, Forbes
Quoted: Companies Move to Reprice Employees’ Stock Options, Wall Street Journal
Equity-Based Compensation Grants for Limited Liability Companies
Permanent Exclusion of Gain on Sales of Qualified Small Business Stock
Real Estate Tax Abatement Practice and Procedure (MCLE, 2012), Co-author with Patricia Metzer
Basic Tax Issues in Choosing an Entity
IC-DISCs: Tax Savings for Exporters
Tax FAQ for U.S. Inbound Transactions
Life Cycle of an IRS Audit
American Jobs Creation Act of 2004