Donald-Bruce Abrams’ practice primarily focuses on advising corporations, partnerships, and individuals on federal, state, and international tax controversy and transactional tax planning matters. His transactional practice includes advising clients on structuring and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions; equity and debt financing transactions; and transactions involving the structuring, formation and operation of specialized investment entities (including domestic and foreign hedge funds, regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts). Don’s controversy practice includes representation of clients in federal and Massachusetts administrative and court proceedings.
Don also advises on transactions involving project finance, leveraged lease, and structured finance transactions. He counsels clients on bankruptcy and restructuring transactions, spin-offs, and general operational matters.
Don also represents clients in obtaining administrative rulings from both the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. He speaks frequently on topics relating to state, federal and international tax matters.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Don was a partner in the tax practice of another international law firm, where he served as the co-leader of the practice.
Harvard Law School, 1987, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984, Master of Business Administration
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982, Bachelor of Science
US Supreme Court
US Tax Court
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
US Court of Federal Claims
US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Ranked, Tax, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2017)
Lawyer of the Year, Tax and Litigation Controversy, The Best Lawyers in America (2017)
Recognized, Tax, The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2018)
Recognized, Tax and Litigation Controversy, The Best Lawyers in America (2012–2018)
Recommended, Tax Controversy, The Legal 500 US (2010–2014)
Recommended, International Tax, The Legal 500 US (2014)
Recognized, Massachusetts, Super Lawyers (2006–2017)
Recognized, New England, Super Lawyers (2016)
Recognized, Tax, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2009)
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation