Legislative and Regulatory TRANSACTIONAL
Clients’ legislative and regulatory concerns are best served by legal counsel with the deepest possible knowledge of the relevant channels of government. Our experience extends to state and local levels as well, permitting a comprehensive approach to these issues.
Burke, Robert D.

Robert D. Burke


+1 617 526 6470 (t)


Kilgore, R. Scott

R. Scott Kilgore


+1 202 663 6116 (t)


Null, Amy A.

Amy A. Null


+1 617 526 6541 (t)


Schnall, Matt

Matthew Schnall


+1 617 526 6892 (t)


Wethly, Kimberly B.

Kimberly B. Wethly


+1 617 526 6481 (t)


Ritt, Roger M.

Roger M. Ritt

Senior Counsel

+1 617 526 6475 (t)


Kirschten, Barbara

Barbara L. Kirschten

Special Counsel

+1 202 663 6290 (t)



In legislative and regulatory matters, we have:

  • advised clients and provided updates on IRS regulations and rulings in a variety of areas, including corporate tax, consolidated returns, pass-through entities, tax accounting, employee compensation, international taxation, excise taxes, financial institutions and exempt organizations;
  • served as legislative counsel to clients with respect to proposed federal tax legislation;
  • represented clients in seeking favorable guidance from the IRS by obtaining private letter rulings regarding particular transactions or business structures, assisting clients with voluntary compliance and closing agreements, and submitting comments on proposed regulations;
  • worked with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to secure the adoption of favorable employee benefits provisions that had been adopted federally, but not by the Commonwealth; and
  • convinced state officials to place a cap on fees charged to Massachusetts corporations for the issuance of new shares of stock.

Publications & News


June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

June 17, 2011

Extension of FBAR Deadline for Employees of Registered Investment Advisors Until June 30, 2012

June 2, 2011

IRS and FinCEN Extend FBAR Filing Deadline for Certain Officers and Employees with Signature Authority Only

January 31, 2011

Court of Federal Claims Rules Treasury Compelled to Award Section 1603 Grant If Statutory Requirements Met

December 21, 2010

Congress Extends 0% Inclusion for Gains on Small Business Stock Acquired Before December 31, 2011

September 15, 2010

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers Release Inaugural Best Law Firms Rankings

WilmerHale earns first-tier rankings for a dozen national practices.

September 8, 2010

Preliminary FATCA Guidance Relevant to Private Investment Funds

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas.

June 11, 2010

Chambers USA 2010 Reveals Final Results Ranking 101 WilmerHale Lawyers and Dozens of Practices

One-hundred and one WilmerHale lawyers are recognized in the eighth edition of the guide and the firm is listed as among the best in dozens of practice areas throughout its six US locations.

May 24, 2010

Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Tax Credit – IRS Guidance Issued on May 21, 2010