Howard D. Medwed


Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3352
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LL.B., Harvard Law School

LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law

A.B., cum laude, Princeton University

A partner since 1975, Howard Medwed is the co-chair of the firm's Tax and Tax Controversy & Litigation Groups. He is also a member of the Corporate, Entertainment Law, International and Trusts and Estates Groups. Although Howard has a breadth of experience in all areas of the tax law, his practice has concentrated in structuring complex corporate and real estate transactions.

In addition, he is the architect of some of the most sophisticated estate plans produced by Burns & Levinson. He has extensive experience in dealing with partnerships, tax-exempt entities, business trusts, nominee trusts, voting trusts and other less common entities as well as conventional C and S corporations, trusts and estates.

Howard has been involved in a number of complex business transactions, including like‑kind exchanges, spin‑offs, mergers and other types of tax-free reorganizations, corporate liquidations, real estate syndications, partnership adjustments, compensation planning, retirement planning and litigation settlement planning.

He also practices before the Internal Revenue Service and Massachusetts Department of Revenue, at all levels, and has been involved in tax litigation. Some of his recent cases have involved valuation, business expense and payroll trust fund issues. His practice also includes advising accountants and tax preparers on reporting and compliance questions.

Howard is a manager of Burns & Levinson Asset Management LLC and chairman of the firm's Investment Policy Committee. He is a registered investment adviser.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©  - Tax Law (2013-2019)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2005)

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission

  • Commissioner

Cambridge Civic Association

Democratic Ward Committee

Harvard Square Defense Fund

Jessup International Law Competition

  • Judge

Massachusetts Democratic State Convention 

  • Delegate


American Bar Association

  • International Tax Section

Boston Bar Association

  • International Tax Section
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"IP/Trademarks, Human Resources, Incorporation, Entity, Tax, and Regulations," Panelist, NETVA Laureates Entrepreneurship Week Workshop, September 2010

"Are You Doing Business or Working in the U.S., Canada, or Globally? Immigration Visas and Tax Considerations You Should Know About," Panelist, New England-Canada Business Council Event, October 2009

"Limited Liability Companies vs. Business Corporations: Legal, Tax, and Accounting Considerations," Faculty, MCLE Program, November 2008

"Accessing Capital Through TSX Venture Exchange," Panelist, TSX Venture Exchange Seminar, November 2006

"Unwinding Massachusetts Business Trust/QSUB Groups," Moderator, MCLE Program, January 2004

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications


"United States v. Windsor: Tax Issues," Burns & Levinson Tax Update, July 2013

"Death and Taxes - Not So Certain After All: Important News About the Federal Estate Tax," Burns & Levinson Tax & Estate Planning Advisory, January 2010

"Recent Massachusetts Tax Changes," Burns & Levinson Tax Update, September 2008

"Tax Provisions of the American Housing Rescue and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2008," Burns & Levinson Tax Update, August 2008

"Ownership of Foreign Real Estate by U.S. Persons," Burns & Levinson White Paper, June 2007

"Employee Equity Participation: A Menu," Burns & Levinson Focus Newsletter, Fall 2004

"'Lawrence' Has Little Effect on Taxes, for Now," National Law Journal, March 2004


"How to Cash Your Powerball Winning Ticket Anonymously," Forbes, January 2016

"2012 Mega-Gift? Tough Decision for the Moderately Wealthy," Forbes, April 2012

"Cashing Out," Boston Globe, May 2010

Howard D. Medwed
  • Business, Finance & Transactions
  • Venture Capital & Emerging Companies
  • International
  • Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates

LL.B., Harvard Law School

LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law

A.B., cum laude, Princeton University




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