There is a great amount of creativity that can be brought to the law.
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Administrative Contact: Nicole Burge P /612.604.6726E /[email protected]
Detroit College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1993
University of Michigan, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989
Anytime I can help a client optimize a benefit, in particular a tax benefit, that exists but they’re not taking advantage of yet – that’s when I love my work the most. For businesses that are expanding, hiring, training, expanding operations and facilities, or developing or improving new products, there are tax and economic incentives available that often go unused or underutilized. I work to apply my knowledge to help clients maximize the benefits of these programs, and ensure they don’t miss any opportunities.
With my understanding of accounting and financial concepts and legacy from a third generation mechanical contracting firm, I am able to construct benefits for clients by simply matching business operations with the financial benefits and the intention of the law. There are so many rules and requirements, and it’s unreasonable to expect businesses and business owners to have the time or ability to leverage most of these programs — that’s where I come in! Once I understand a client’s business and objectives, I am able to put the law to work with my knowledge and experience of the tax law and corresponding legislation, and identify and optimize tax credits and economic benefits that can be game changers to a business. I take the time to get to know our clients – that openness and trust is the only way I can do my work well.
I have never known a time that I was not immersed in business. I come from a third-generation family business, and understand the complicated challenges and dynamics that are involved in issues like succession planning, business continuity, generational wealth transfer and sustainable growth. I take the complexity and nuances of tax law and simplify it in a way to make it understandable and relatable to my clients so that they can make quick and effective decisions.
Outside of work, I have four children who are passionate about sports and their social activities. I come from a large family with 8 siblings and parents who taught us to always think of others first and be active in our communities. We can often be found volunteering at school and church activities as well as at any number of NFP organizations to which we dedicate a lot of time and energy and resources. Our family and extended family is a big part of our social and business network. I love getting to visit my nieces and nephews from Boston to San Francisco and having the opportunity to enjoy vacations, holidays and ad hoc weekend get-togethers for family gatherings. I also love to run and read biographies – and cook big family meals on the weekends.
I concentrate my practice in the areas of strategic tax planning and dispute resolution for companies with global operations and multistate activities, including defending positions against the IRS and various taxing authorities and agencies. I work closely with clients to maximize tax and economic incentives, and structure creative financial solutions to support corporate development and business expansion strategies. These projects involve all aspects of tax and economic programs and credits and incentives, including Opportunity Zone planning, Research Tax Credits, New Markets Tax Credits, Department of Energy ATVM loans, Historic Tax Credits, Energy Tax Credits, Employee Retention Credits, property tax abatements, and endless state and local tax and economic programs designed to attract and retain businesses and job growth.
I represent clients in a wide range of corporate and business matters, including general tax or strategic tax planning, corporate management, corporate formation, contracts with other businesses or municipalities, as well as family offices or private companies with generational issues in business succession and continuity planning.
Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2015
Taxation Section, Board Member
Chicago Leadership Pledge Signatory, 2021
Executive Board Member
Chair, Executive Board