Richard Reichler Esq.

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Richard Reichler is of Counsel with Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP. His practice areas involve federal taxation, state taxation, executive compensation, employee benefits, financial restructuring, and real estate. Mr. Reichler has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Baruch College, the City University of New York and Hofstra University Law School.

Mr. Reichler was an Attorney Advisor, Office of the Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. and Vice President, Tax Planning and Services and Deputy General Counsel, of the Long Island Lighting Company. During his six year tenure at LILCO, Richard was responsible for all tax planning including tax audits, executive and employee compensation and benefits, real property tax litigation and state and local tax matters. Most notably, he directed the tax planning involved in the $12 billion LILCO, LIPA, Brooklyn Union Gas transaction — one of the most complicated corporate tax transactions in recent times — including obtaining of the critical IRS tax ruling needed to close the transaction.

Prior to joining LILCO, Richard was a senior tax partner in the New York office of the national accounting firm Ernst & Young where he also acted as the National Director of Executive Compensation Planning. He worked with clients involved in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and real estate transactions, financial restructurings, tax structuring of investments, and executive and employee compensation planning. At the same time, Richard served as tax advisor to the Urban Development Corporation’s High Technology Council.

Education: 
J.D., Columbia University
B.A., Columbia University

Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolios:
1750 T.M., State Taxation of Compensation and Benefits (author)