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David R. Tavolier
Practice Group Chair / Partner

Ranked by Super Lawyers

DAVID R. TAVOLIER is chair of the Tax group and focuses his practice on general tax matters, particularly mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and partnership and limited liability company formations, liquidations and reorganizations.

Dave has structured numerous joint venture, like-kind exchange, deferred sale, and financing transactions for residential, commercial and industrial real estate (including REITs). He has structured and organized venture capital funds and negotiated numerous shareholder and close corporation agreements. He also advises clients on structuring transactions to utilize various tax incentives including new market tax credits, renewable energy tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and low-income housing tax credits.

A substantial part of Dave's practice involves structuring acquisitions, sales, joint ventures, and going private transactions involving such businesses as lodging, leisure resorts, health clubs, biotechnology, telecommunications, machine and tooling, steel, automotive equipment, packaging, banking, mortgage and low income housing financing, medical services, e-commerce, recruiting and consulting services, retail apparel, wholesale distribution, catalog sales, trucking and computer software.

Dave advises and represents clients on executive compensation tax issues and all aspects of state and local taxation. He represents clients before the IRS appeals office, state tax agencies, Ohio Board of Tax Appeals and Board of Revision property tax hearings.

Dave lectures frequently about federal income tax matters involving corporations, pass-through entities, reorganizations, like-kind exchanges and state and local tax matters at continuing legal education seminars for tax lawyers and accountants. He has served as a Chairperson and speaker for the Cleveland Tax Institute and speaker for the Cleveland State and Local Tax Institute. Dave is a member of the American (Tax Section), Ohio and Cleveland Bar Associations.

Dave has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law and Tax Law; and in Inside Business Magazine's Leading Lawyers for Northeast Ohio. He has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer for Tax Law since 2004. Dave served as chair of the 59th Annual Cleveland Tax Institute in December 2016. He was awarded an "AV Peer Review Rating" (Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell.