Roger M. Ritt

Senior Counsel

Ritt, Roger M.

Roger Ritt is senior counsel in the firm's Tax Group. He concentrates his practice on (i) federal and state tax controversies in which he has successfully represented clients in the US Tax Court, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, IRS appeals and other courts and administrative proceedings, (ii) taxable and tax-free mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs, (iii) executive compensation and § 280G golden parachutes, and (iv) bankruptcies and workouts.


Mr. Ritt has served as tax counsel to a number of clients in merger and acquisition and spin-off transactions, including Dean Foods in its spin-off of TreeHouse, Blockbuster's Special Committee in the spin-off of Blockbuster by Viacom, Akamai, Avid, BJ's Wholesale Club, John Hancock, Redhat, Sepracor, Teradyne and Wright Express.

Mr. Ritt has also represented clients in significant bankruptcy cases. He acted as tax counsel to Harold Brown in the largest individual bankruptcy case in New England, to the debtors in the Arch Wireless, Mattress Discounters, and KB Toys Chapter 11 proceedings, and to the creditors committees in the Wang and the EUA Power Chapter 11 proceedings.

In the controversy area, Mr. Ritt has successfully represented many clients at the US Tax Court, IRS appeals, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He represented the principal owners of the Boston Celtics in a tax dispute arising in connection with its public offering, obtaining multi-million dollar judgments in Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board proceedings that were affirmed by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 1993-2016 editions of Best Lawyers in America for tax law
  • Recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business  from 2003-2016 with clients stating he is "incredibly knowledgeable," and "a superb tax lawyer who does not miss a thing and is creative, constructive and a pleasure to work with...unusually creative practitioner who come up with solutions that work for all those concerned...he is praised for his exceptional way of taking complex tax matters and making them understandable for non-tax people”
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in Boston Magazine from 2004-2015, and  selected as a "Top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in 2004 and 2012 
  • Named a top lawyer by Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Who's Who in the East from 1994-2012
  • Named by Best Lawyers as Boston Tax Lawyer of the Year in 2010
  • Selected as one of Lawdragon magazine's "Top 500 Leading Dealmakers" for 2007
  • Recognized in the PLC Cross-border Tax on Corporate Transactions Handbook for 2006/07 as a "highly regarded corporate and bankruptcy tax expert...[with] significant multi-level tax controversy experience"

Publications & News


May 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

December 29, 2011

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Acquire Enobia Pharma Corp.

October 25, 2011

Tax Group Launches New Tool, Improves Capabilities

June 29, 2011

BJ’s Wholesale Club to be Acquired for $2.8 Billion

June 9, 2011

ABC's of Section 280G

May 2, 2011

Taxation of CVRs in Public M&A Transactions

Professional Activities

In 2013, Mr. Ritt was elected to the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC) Board of Regents for the First Circuit. He is the former chair of the Corporate Tax Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Taxation, and is a fellow of the ACTC.

From 1979 to 1992, Mr. Ritt taught "Corporate Income Taxation" and "Advanced Partnership Taxation" as an adjunct professor of law in the graduate tax program at Boston University School of Law. He is a frequent lecturer at tax programs throughout the country, including those sponsored by ALI-ABA , the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the California Tax Bar, the Federal Tax Institute of New England, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Texas Federal Tax Institute and the World Trade Institute.


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BA, with honors, University of Pennsylvania

JD & LLM, Taxation, Boston University School of Law

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