Russell focuses his practice on advising businesses on the intricacies of U.S. Federal and State tax regulations and advising non-profit charities and charitable foundations on Federal tax regulations and State charitable regulations as well as general business matters. Russell has extensive experience counseling businesses on tax matters relating to corporate mergers & acquisitions, tax planning, business restructurings, partnership taxation as well as certain international tax issues. He has considerable experience in drafting partnership agreements, reviewing and negotiating tax provisions found in merger agreements, and advising companies on tax structuring regarding international holdings.
Russell advises non-profit organizations, charities, and private foundations on a variety of issues ranging from start-up organizational matters through mergers and dissolutions. Russell provides guidance on joint-ventures and partnerships between non-profit and for-profit entities, including advice regarding state regulations and registration requirements involving commercial co-venture agreements.
Russell is a frequent speaker and writer on tax issues for businesses and non-profit organizations.
- Boston University School of Law, J.D. and LL.M.
- Boston University School of Management, M.B.A
- Northwestern University, B.A.
Bar Memberships & Admissions
- New Hampshire
- U.S. District Court, Massachusetts
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Named a “New England Super Lawyer” in Boston Magazine in 2017
- Named a “New England Super Lawyer Rising Star” in Boston Magazine in 2013 and 2014
- Edward F. Hennessey Scholar; Top 25% of Third Year Class
- Sylvia Beinecke Robinson Award for “significant contribution to the life of the School of Law”
- Albers Honors Moot Court: 1st Place and Best Brief; Stone Moot Court Best Oralist
- Dean’s Award: Family Law Spring 2004
- Boston Bar Association, Tax Section
- Former co-Chair of the Federal Tax Sub-Committee
- Former Section co-chair
- Boston Bar Association, Tax-Exempt Organization
- Steering Committee Member
- Co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committee
- Former co-chair of the Tax-Exempt Fundamentals Committee
- New Hampshire Bar Association, Tax Section
- American Bar Association, Tax Section
- Boston University School of Law Alumni Association, Vice President
- SCS Noonan Scholars, Board Member
Russell was born into a tax family, both his parents were CPAs and he started his tax career as a teenager copying tax returns at his father’s CPA firm in Pleasantville, New York. After college, Russell joined the family tax software business, Pencil Pushers Tax Software, where he not only learned about taxes but also the intricacies involved in running a growing privately-held family business. Russell resides in Newton, Massachusetts, with his wife and son and all their books and Legos.
- Qualified Opportunity Funds: Ten Issues to Keep in Mind
Partridge Snow & Hahn Client Alert, January 25, 2019
- Legal Pitfalls To Avoid In Social Cause Marketing Campaigns
This following article appeared in Law360 Tax Authority., September 21, 2018
- Southcoast Opportunity Zones Provide Opportunities for Investors To Defer And Possibly Exclude Capital Gains From Federal Income Taxation
September 11, 2018
- Proposed IRS Regulations Could Affect Your Ability to Take The New 20% Pass-Through Income Deduction
August 8, 2018
- U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Expands States' Capacity to Require Out-of-State Sellers to Collect and Remit Sales Tax
June 22, 2018
- Practitioner Tax Alert - New Partnership Audit Rules
- Tax-Free Business Stock
New Hampshire Business Review, September 30, 2016
- Tax Law: Board Members Beware: Tax Implications for Charities Acting as Fiscal Sponsors
New Hampshire Bar Association, February 2016
Representative Speaking Engagements
- PS&H Attorneys Named 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
American Lawyer Media, October 22. 2018
- Partridge Snow & Hahn Grows in Boston With Addition of Russell J. Stein and Jeffrey Sarasohn
May 22, 2018