Bryan’s background in tax, private equity, trusts and estates, charitable planning, and asset management allows him to serve the needs of family offices. His individualized counsel addresses structural issues that can arise as new generations are incorporated into family businesses and family offices. He implements solutions as appropriate through family meetings and in conjunction with clients’ investment and charitable strategies. Bryan leverages his tax, accounting and business backgrounds to deliver informed and creative solutions to preserve company legacies and address business challenges.
Bryan’s client representation is national in scope, including clients with substantial assets in Texas, Nevada and South Dakota. As a member of the Florida, New York and New Jersey bars, a large portion of his client base resides in those three states. He has re-domiciled many clients to Florida while continuing to serve as the family advisor.
Clients value his ability to arrange — and rearrange — ownership structures to minimize both estate and income taxes, and to achieve their personal goals, being they philanthropic, impact investing, or just tax planning. Bryan incorporates domicile planning into his tax analysis, counseling clients on changing domicile as appropriate and practical. He has represented clients in residency audits and in litigating other tax controversies in Tax Court.
Transaction and Business Counsel
Bryan advises clients on the tax implications of mergers, asset purchases, partnership investments and joint venture arrangements. He also provides general corporate counseling. Bryan spent 20 years as the general counsel of a private investment management firm and is steeped in the nuance of tax-efficient structuring of investments. As an adviser to clients, Bryan incorporates deep experience structuring investments in the most strategic way. He also assists clients in operating and disposing of portfolio assets.
A noted tax corporate authority, Bryan is a coauthor on two continuing education books that have been used by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Corporate Taxation and C Corporations, Mergers and Acquisitions in its continuing education programs. He was also an adjunct professor at the Graduate Tax Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching classes on partnership and corporate taxation.
Bryan has served on the board of directors of various public and private companies, including CKx, Inc., the company responsible for the success of American Idol. He also served on a variety of creditors’ committees, including Adelphia Communications and Bruno’s Supermarkets. Bryan’s governance experience has sharpened his insight into the tax and commercial considerations of businesses of all sizes and the corresponding challenges facing fiduciaries.
This experience has led Bryan to represent a number of trustees and trusts in carrying out their duties to their beneficiaries and to provide practical solutions to complex problems.
- Fairleigh Dickinson University Graduate Tax Program — Adjunct Professor, 1991-99
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants — Lecturer, 1992-2004
Bryan is an avid runner and has participated in nine marathons and 20 half marathons. He also enjoys golfing, skiing and cheering for all Penn State teams.