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Eric P Rothenberg

Tax Attorney at Needham, MA

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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 47 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1977
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Eric

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COMMITTED. EXPERIENCED. COMPASSIONATE.

Eric P. Rothenberg concentrates his practice mostly on the practice of tax law including, partnerships, tax free exchanges, bitcoin/crypto currency taxes and strategies, sales of businesses, individual tax planning, estate and gift tax planning and tax return preparation. He also represents clients before all levels of the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, the U.S. Tax Court and the Appellate Tax Board. He counsels clients for corporate tax planning, professional corporations and fringe benefits. He also does work in business related fields such as preparation of wills and trusts, partnership and corporate agreements and formations, limited liability companies, LLP’s and real estate transactions and syndications. He recently has represented many clients on cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, and how to properly report such transactions to the IRS and proper tax planning for such trading.

Mr. Rothenberg was the author of the WG&L TAX PLANNER, a system of tax planning computer software, published by Warren, Gorham and Lamont, Boston, Massachusetts, which was sold nationally to lawyers, accountants and financial planners. One software package computed estate and gift taxes and the other computed income taxes. In addition, he is the author of several articles which have appeared in such professional journals as Taxation for Lawyers, Taxation for Accountants, National Tax Shelter Digest, Taxes, Mass CPA Journal, Digest of Federal Taxes. Mr. Rothenberg has lectured on various tax subjects before professional continuing education courses. In addition, he has served as an expert witness in U. S. District Court and Massachusetts Superior Court.

Mr. Rothenberg received his A.B. from Cornell University in 1973, his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1976 and his M.B.A. from Boston University Graduate School of Management in 1976 (High Honors). Mr. Rothenberg was on the Board of Directors, Blackstone Bank and Trust, Boston, Massachusetts from 1987-1991. He was a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for many years and has earned an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating issued for attorneys. He has been admitted to the bars of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and may practice before the United States Tax Court. Mr. Rothenberg has been named one of Massachusetts’s “Massachusetts Super Lawyers” 2004-2022 (every year since the award’s inception), and as a “Top Attorney in Tax Law in 2009” by the publishers of Law & Politics and the publishers of Boston Magazine.

Mr. Rothenberg’s virtual and cryptocurrency practice has him representing miners, stakers, newly created cryptocurrency, FBAR reporting requirements, audits of unreported currency transactions, day trading currencies, taxation of air drops, reflections, hard & soft forks, and the most current thinking by the IRS, the Department of the Treasury and FinCEN.

Attorney Rothenberg was selected in 2012 as one of Boston’s Top Rated Lawyers, based on his AV® PreeminentTM rating, the very first year of such pronouncements.

Awards

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017 + 5 ...
Client's Choice 2014,2013
Client's Choice
2014 2013

Location

Orsi, Arone Rothenberg Turner
160 Gould Street
Suite 320
Needham, MA, 02494-2300
Eric P Rothenberg
Mashpee Commons
Mashpee, MA, 02649
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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by ABM | March 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent, Excellent Real Estate Lawyer
Eric represented me in a complicated property purchase that involved multiple parties who are at odds with each other. Eric developed a strategy that involved filing a lawsuit to enforce my rights. Through his guidance, skill and tenacity, we were able to complete the purchase at the original agreed price. I will recommend Eric to anyone who is involved in complex real estate transaction that needs an experienced attorney to resolve. Kudos to Eric!
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Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2022
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A highly qualified, capable attorney
I hired Eric at the recommendation of a corporate lawyer, who said if he had a tax person, he would hire Eric to represent him. It was good advice and I have been very impressed with Erics diligence and advice.
Posted by Michael | December 14, 2021
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Recent experience
Excellent at resolving extremely complex returns in a timely fashion. Highly communicative and straightforward advice. Reasonable fees.
Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Responsive, knowledgeable and personable
We found Eric to be personable, responsive and knowledgeable. We received an audit notice and were very concerned. We called Eric and he met with us the same day. His knowledge was evident and professionalism soothing. We knew immediately we called the right person. He promptly reached out to the agency and facilitated a quick and mostly painless audit review. He reassured us and made us comfortable at every step of the process. We know exactly who to call if we should ever need his services again. We highly recommend Eric.
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Posted by Kerrin | February 7, 2023
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Helpful, Honest and Skilled
Eric was very straightforward and honest and his skills are priceless when it comes tax law and options for his clients.
Posted by Luis | December 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Taxes
I hired Attorney Rothenberg to help me deal with a nightmare scenario I had with the IRS. After several sleepless nights, I contacted several lawyers who gave me the runaround. I spoke with Attorney Rothenberg who immediately took my case and was able to resolve it.
Posted by H.B. | June 29, 2020
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The great lawyer!
I think he is a good person and the wonderful lawyer! I found myself in difficult circumstances and abroad. He answered very quickly and essentially the problem. It helped a lot with understanding of my situation. The great lawyer!
Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2020
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Extremely Intelligent, Thoroughly Trained, Extensively Experienced, and Highly Ethical.
Mr. Rothenberg is an excellent attorney, and I would recommend him to anyone with tax law (IRS) questions and issues. He is brilliant, highly trained, has an untold wealth of experience in dealing with the IRS and tax related issues, and is of the highest moral character. He is no nonsense, doesn't waste time, and gets results. And most importantly, everything is by the book. By applying the strictest conformation to every law, rule, and guideline that the IRS has; he does not cheat or cut corners. In my case, through the use of a tax rule that I did not even know existed, he saved me tens of thousands of dollars. The old saying goes "there is no certainty in life except for death and taxes." I don't know if Mr. Rothenberg can do anything to forestall death, but I do know that he can help make sure that you are right with the IRS, and that you do not pay any more in taxes than the law strictly requires. Happy to give him a 5 star rating; wish I could give him 6!
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Posted by Paul | March 6, 2020
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Review
Eric is a hard driving, fierce advocate for his client. He is quick to respond which I appreciated very much as I live abroad. I would definitely recommend him for tax related problems.
Posted by Domenic | November 7, 2019
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Superior
Hands down he is the best attorney I have ever worked with. Beyond his outstanding educational background, he brings much more than that to his representation of his clients. He is a fierce advocate for his client’s rights and his comprehensive knowledge of the law leads to the best advice for clients. He is kind and gentle but always truthful. He provides needed support for those of us who are confused by the complexity of legal issues.
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Posted by Joe | October 28, 2019
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Selling a business property
I retired and closed my successful business. A buyer came forward with a good offer to purchase the business real estate. I would have been happy to do a standard RE sale, pay the taxes, and be done. He realized that there was an alternative route that offered very significant tax advantages to the buyer and me. When an attorney can make both sides very happy with the outcome.......!
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Posted by Gregg | July 26, 2019
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Fantastic Tax Attorney
Our tax problem truly seemed insurmountable. Eric provided clear, "no nonsense" guidance for over a year, until the IRS gave us a Payment Agreement we could work with. Clearly, he is highly respected by the IRS officers he dealt with on our behalf. There is no possible way we could ever have tackled this tax problem on our own. Eric always had time for us and for our initial consultation, he even had us meet him at his weekend home on the Cape not far from where we live, so that we wouldn't have to travel the longer distance to his Needham office. I learned with Eric, that if you follow his instructions, on the timelines required, that the results will be positive. For the first time in over 3 years, we feel unburdened and can start refocusing on a brighter future.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2018
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Complex Tax Issue
It is a pleasure to write a review on behalf of Eric Rothenberg who provided excellent legal/tax advice. From my initial meeting in his office until the matter was resolved, I felt that his analytical ability and knowledge set him apart from other tax specialists. He was very responsive (regardless of the day or time), thorough, and a pleasure to work with. He approached each issue earnestly and precisely. Both my husband and I are extremely pleased with the results and grateful for the recommendation by a colleague who is also an attorney.
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Posted by Sam | September 18, 2018
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Review for Eric Rothenberg
Eric Rothenberg has always provided excellent legal advice for me. He is responsive and professional. I would recommend Eric for anyone that may have any kind of legal or tax questions.
Posted by Vanessa Hogan | January 17, 2017
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Thank Goodness I Found Him!
I have been trying to navigate through many tax issues and other issues related to my sister's passing in early 2016. I came into his office with a list of questions and concerns. Eric readily attack each one explaining in terms that I could understand. His NO nonsense approach to things was refreshing as he put my fears, concerns and tears to rest. Good news is good news, Bad news isn't good either. But no news and hanging in limbo is the worst of all. After one meeting with Eric, I had more of an idea on how to proceed with each problem. By the time I reached home which was about 30 minutes, I received several emails from Eric regarding how we would attack each issue. When you ask Eric a question, you get an answer without a lot of mumbo-jumbo. Within one week of Eric working on my case, I have many of the answers I needed to proceed. I am very thankful for his vast knowledge on many issues that I didn't know he could help with. There are lots of lawyers out there and I have met a few. None of them are as impressive, pleasant and knowledgeable as Eric. Many times we complain about paying for services. Eric's service are worth every penny and then some. I will never, ever sign another legal document without running it past Eric first. He is the BEST!
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Posted by Richard | December 21, 2016
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Estate Tax Preparation
I hired Eric to handle my mother's estate tax preparation nearly a year after she passed away. Although this was later than ideal, Eric assured me that everything could and would be reported appropriately with the IRS and the MA Revenue. He has extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of estate tax preparation, as well as income tax. This was important because my mother's estate included a revocable trust, rental property, multiple bank accounts, life insurance, and a few stocks. The estate finance questionnaire that he gave me helped me to identify and organize everything I needed to provide him with the proper information. He promptly answered all questions I had. He prepared the initial estate tax returns within a few weeks after I sold the rental property and provided him with the completed questionnaire.
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Posted by Angela | December 8, 2016
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Eric Rothenberg is bold and tenacious with an extensive knowledge of real estate, tax and trust law. Hire him.
I cannot state this strongly enough, Eric Rothenberg is exactly who you want to hire. Eric has laser focus and reassuring confidence in his knowledge of the law. We were under contract on our dream vacation house. The sellers were trying to back out very close to closing. I reached out to Eric for help and he answered my email immediately. He told me not to worry and he could handle everything. I believe his exact words were, ‘they haven’t got a prayer.’ Our situation was complicated and there were many other lawyers involved, but Eric was always the one who knew the law and wasn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone who tried to put up road blocks. And he did it quickly. I think the speed of his work really kept our cost down and for that I’m truly grateful. I can honestly say we wouldn’t be home owners if Eric hadn’t been there for us. Also, he is always answers a call or an email immediately, day or night. His communication is amazing. We are so lucky we hired him.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2015
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Tax Relief
Mr Rothenberg found a way to help me regain my life back from what I thought was a no way out situation with the IRS. 2008 marked the beginning of the end for a small business that I owned due to the economic downturn that took place back then. I found it impossible to pay my bills including taxes. Eventually this led to my having to file for chapter 7, right after I retired. However the IRS still wanted their money. They began deducting 15% from both me and my wifes social security deposit each month. Immediately I began getting phone calls and mail from many of these tax representation firms you here about on radio and tv. Not being comfortable with them, I contacted the attorney that represented me for my chaper 7. He recommended Mr Rothenberg. After my first meeting with Attorney Rothenberg, I was reassured that if any one would find an answer he would. His knowledge of the IRS and the tax code was very impressive. But the biggest thing that impressed me was how much he cared. He knew that my resources were limited and took that into consideration. To summarize, all I can say is if your looking for a best buddy, someone to tell you what you want to hear, do not hire him. However, if your looking for results, someone that has the knowledge, is caring, and is willing to give you a kick in the butt to accomplish the task at hand, then I would highly highly recommend Eric Rothenberg to represent you.
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Posted by Jim | December 14, 2014
Highly Recommend
Over the last 13 years, Eric Rothenberg has been our attorney for writing our wills, the purchase of a business, the sale of our family home, and the settling of a loved one's estate. He has been extremely professional, very knowledgeable and very efficient. He is always available when needed, at any time. We will continue to use Eric for all our legal needs and, as in the past, highly recommend him to our family and friends.
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Posted by Andrew | December 4, 2014
Great Attorney
Eric was able to successfully eliminate a very sizable tax debt for me a few years ago and has become my trusted advisor for all of my business endeavors. Having an attorney with Eric's wealth of knowledge and experience has proven to be invaluable. I would highly recommend Eric.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Orsi Arone Rothenberg
  • 2013 - Present

Education

  • Boston University
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1977
  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Cornell University
  • AB
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • City Partnerships Co. v. Atlantic Acquisition Limited Partnership, et al (U.S. District Court)
  • Plaintiff won

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Taxation Law Section
  • Chair
  • 1985 - 1986
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Taxation Law Section, Partnership and Tax Shelter Committee
  • Chair
  • 1983 - 1985

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2010
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2009
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1982
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Publications

  • National Tax Shelter Digest
  • Effects of the 1982 Tax Law
  • 1983
  • Taxation for Lawyers
  • State Death Taxes Can "Create" Federal Tax Even With Use of Unlimited Marital Deduction
  • 1982
  • National Tax Shelter Digest
  • Little Known Aspects of the New Tax Law
  • 1982
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Speaking Engagements

  • Post-Death Administration of Trusts and Estates in Massachusetts
  • ESTATE TAXES
  • 2003
  • Section1031 Exchanges of Investment Properties in Massachusetts
  • TAX FREE EXCHANGES
  • 2000
  • How to Organize and Counsel A Small Business
  • BUSINESS LAW
  • 2000
  • Using Buy/Sell Agreements in Closely Held Businesses
  • BUSINESS TAX
  • 1999
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Tax Attorney | Mar 05
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"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Rothenberg's proficiency of the legal process is just one of his many strengths."
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Top Contributor 2019
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Needham Tax Lawyer Eric P Rothenberg
Eric P Rothenberg
Tax Attorney
Needham, MA
Licensed for 47 years
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