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Bernard Barton

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Public Companies and Securities, Taxation, Tax Controversy and Litigation, Business Aviation, Aviation, Religious Institutions, Corporate Services


Bernard A. Barton, Jr. is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Section, and his emphasis is in the areas of federal, state and local taxation and business transactions in general. His primary client focus has been the representation of entrepreneurs, but he also represents public companies and regulated industries in tax and tax related matters. He negotiates and manages various business transactions including acquisitions and dispositions, as well as finance transactions. Some of the substantive areas of his state tax experience include sales and use taxes, corporate income tax, documentary stamp tax, intangible tax, ad valorem tax and various excise taxes. He handles a broad range of federal income tax matters, and has significant experience in real estate tax matters such as tax-free property exchanges, planning around "dealer" status to achieve capital gains treatment, use of guaranteed payments for federal income tax purposes to save state taxes and other areas. He also has substantial experience in handling administrative and litigated tax disputes.