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Diana R. Clarkson

Senior Associate
  • Rochester
  • 585.231.1324
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With a solid foundation in tax law, Diana Clarkson represents individuals and business owners in a variety of federal and state tax, business succession, wealth transfer, and estate planning matters. A master of time management, Diana prides herself on providing her clients with efficient and prompt counsel and assistance.

Tax
Diana regularly works with heads of privately-held business and private equity fund managers in addressing the full range of federal and state tax regulations that relate to corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, tax-free spin-offs, and debt restructurings. She also advises employers on employment tax issues, including fringe benefit withholdings and their related tax consequences, and she regularly analyzes various state tax issues involving sales taxes, real estate transfer taxes, municipal tax liens, and state income taxes.

Estate Planning
Diana’s tax law background and practice add value to the counsel she gives individuals, families, and owners of closely-held businesses on estate planning strategies including the transition of their business to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner.

PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Board Member and Audit Committee Chair, Allendale Columbia School
  • Board Chair, American Red Cross Greater Rochester Chapter
  • Harvard Yale Princeton Ball Committee Chair, Princeton Club of Rochester
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member and Past President, Allendale Columbia School Alumni Association
  • Attorney Coach, Allendale Columbia School Mock Trial Team

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Recipient, "Up and Coming Attorneys" Award, The Daily Record, 2018
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-2018
  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2016

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

Tax

  • Served as lead attorney on the sale of Rochester Lumber Co. to William B. Morse Lumber Co.
  • Advised various private equity funds on the structuring of fund platforms and the implementation of such structures in LLC agreements.
  • Served as the tax strategist on sale of Ambrell Corporation by Graycliff Partners LP, an independent investment firm.
  • Advised a NYC-based media trading firm on its negotiation of a joint venture.

Estate Planning

  • Assisted real estate and business owners in creating Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs).
  • Has crafted and drafted wills, trusts, and other estate and succession planning documents for individuals and business owners.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,Rochester Business Journal's 2018 Guide to Wealth Management, May 2018
  • “How Some Tax-Free Benefits Cost Firms,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 18, 2014

PRESENTATIONS

  • "Tax Reform: What You Need to Know Seminar," Rochester, New York, February 13, 2018
  • "Tax Reform: What You Need to Know Seminar," Buffalo, New York, January 30, 2018
  • "Tax Considerations in M&A Transactions," Monroe County Bar Association, June 21, 2017
  • "Steps to Avoid an Audit," Greater Rochester Enterprise’s Eyes on the Future Radio Show, WHAM 1180, September 2016
  • "Alcoholic Beverages Overview & Tax Issues," 50th Annual Tax Institute, November 2015
  • "START-UP NY: No Taxes for 10 Years," 49th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2014
  • "Taxation of Fringe Benefits," Rochester Business Alliance, September 5, 2014
  • "Buying and Selling Ownership Interests in Entities Taxed as Partnerships," 47th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2012
  •  "Time Management," Monroe County Bar Association, Practice Development Series, April 2011
  •  "Worker Misclassification," 45th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2010

PRACTICE AREAS

ADMISSIONS

  • New York

EDUCATION

  • The College of William and Mary School of Law, J.D.
  • Princeton University, B.S.E., Operations Research and Financial Engineering
HSE Law
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Diana R. Clarkson
Senior Associate
dclarkson@hselaw.com
tel: 585.231.1324
fax: 585.232.2152

With a solid foundation in tax law, Diana Clarkson represents individuals and business owners in a variety of federal and state tax, business succession, wealth transfer, and estate planning matters. A master of time management, Diana prides herself on providing her clients with efficient and prompt counsel and assistance.

Tax
Diana regularly works with heads of privately-held business and private equity fund managers in addressing the full range of federal and state tax regulations that relate to corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, tax-free spin-offs, and debt restructurings. She also advises employers on employment tax issues, including fringe benefit withholdings and their related tax consequences, and she regularly analyzes various state tax issues involving sales taxes, real estate transfer taxes, municipal tax liens, and state income taxes.

Estate Planning
Diana’s tax law background and practice add value to the counsel she gives individuals, families, and owners of closely-held businesses on estate planning strategies including the transition of their business to the next generation in a tax-efficient manner.

Representative Experience

Tax

  • Served as lead attorney on the sale of Rochester Lumber Co. to William B. Morse Lumber Co.
  • Advised various private equity funds on the structuring of fund platforms and the implementation of such structures in LLC agreements.
  • Served as the tax strategist on sale of Ambrell Corporation by Graycliff Partners LP, an independent investment firm.
  • Advised a NYC-based media trading firm on its negotiation of a joint venture.

Estate Planning

  • Assisted real estate and business owners in creating Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs).
  • Has crafted and drafted wills, trusts, and other estate and succession planning documents for individuals and business owners.

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Board Member and Audit Committee Chair, Allendale Columbia School
  • Board Chair, American Red Cross Greater Rochester Chapter
  • Harvard Yale Princeton Ball Committee Chair, Princeton Club of Rochester
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Board Member and Past President, Allendale Columbia School Alumni Association
  • Attorney Coach, Allendale Columbia School Mock Trial Team

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, "Up and Coming Attorneys" Award, The Daily Record, 2018
  • Selected to the Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, 2017-2018
  • Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2016

Publications

  • Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,Rochester Business Journal's 2018 Guide to Wealth Management, May 2018
  • “How Some Tax-Free Benefits Cost Firms,” Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 18, 2014

Presentations

  • "Tax Reform: What You Need to Know Seminar," Rochester, New York, February 13, 2018
  • "Tax Reform: What You Need to Know Seminar," Buffalo, New York, January 30, 2018
  • "Tax Considerations in M&A Transactions," Monroe County Bar Association, June 21, 2017
  • "Steps to Avoid an Audit," Greater Rochester Enterprise’s Eyes on the Future Radio Show, WHAM 1180, September 2016
  • "Alcoholic Beverages Overview & Tax Issues," 50th Annual Tax Institute, November 2015
  • "START-UP NY: No Taxes for 10 Years," 49th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2014
  • "Taxation of Fringe Benefits," Rochester Business Alliance, September 5, 2014
  • "Buying and Selling Ownership Interests in Entities Taxed as Partnerships," 47th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2012
  •  "Time Management," Monroe County Bar Association, Practice Development Series, April 2011
  •  "Worker Misclassification," 45th Annual Tax Institute, Monroe County Bar Association, November 2010

Admissions

  • New York

Education

  • The College of William and Mary School of Law, J.D.
  • Princeton University, B.S.E., Operations Research and Financial Engineering

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