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Stuart S. Lipton
Lecturer in Law


Stuart S. Lipton is partner whose practice focuses on tax strategies and planning. He represents a number of clients, ranging from closely held businesses to public companies. He provides comprehensive tax counseling regarding a wide range of corporate, partnership, financial and work-out transactions, including the development and implementation of creative tax-advantaged strategies for structuring M&A transactions, reorganizations and joint ventures. His tax practice includes sophisticated tax planning for start-up ventures, mature companies, LLCs, partnerships and "Subchapter S" corporations, as well as family businesses. He also handles tax audit and controversy work involving the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board.

Representative clients include The Oakland Raiders, The Charles Schwab Corporation, Recology (formerly Norcal Waste Systems), The Grupe Company, Blackwater Investments, LP, Duff, Ackerman & Goodrich, LLC, Douglas Telecommunications, Inc., and the Estate of Cyril I. Magnin.

Prior to joining Howard Rice in 1989, which combined with Arnold & Porter in 2012, Mr. Lipton taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program at New York University. During that period he developed the course entitled "The Taxation of Financial Instruments" at NYU.

After graduation from law school, Mr. Lipton engaged in the general practice of law in North Carolina prior to enrolling in the graduate tax program at New York University. Following receipt of his LLM, he served as an acting assistant professor at the New York University School of Law for two years.

Mr. Lipton has lectured at seminars across the country for many years, including programs offered at the New York University Tax Workshop, the World Trade Institute, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the USC Tax Institute, the Seattle Tax Forum, and ABA and state bar association conferences. He has written numerous legal articles addressing important tax topics. He is also an AV-rated attorney, a peer-awarded honor given by Martindale-Hubbell.

Tax Strategies and Planning Representative Matters

  • Successfully resolved a long-standing, multi-year TEFRA tax audit for The Oakland Raiders.
  • Provided tax and structuring advice to The Charles Schwab Corporation related to the disposition of U.S. Trust Corporation.
  • Provided tax and structuring advice regarding a tax-free transfer of an apartment complex via an UPREIT transaction.