Brian P. Donnelly

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Brian P. Donnelly is a partner in the firm's Tax and Family Wealth Group and former chair of the Business Department.  He maintains a diverse practice, counseling clients on a wide range of technical and strategic issues involving corporate and partnership tax law for foreign and domestic companies, transactional matters and state and federal tax controversies. Mr. Donnelly's clients encompass the real estate, hospitality, technology, energy, wine and agribusiness sectors of the economy. He also has particular expertise in tax issues affecting emerging growth and start-up companies.

Mr. Donnelly's domestic experience includes mergers and acquisitions, equity compensation, taxation of tax-exempt entities and various general corporate matters. In addition to his corporate practice, he works extensively with partnerships, S corporations, joint ventures, and limited liability companies and with other members of the firm on federal and state tax controversies.

Mr. Donnelly has particular expertise in complex real estate matters and has worked with various real estate clients, including many developers (residential and commercial), counseling these clients on an array of complex partnership tax matters and helping them structure like-kind exchanges. His practice also includes the formation of large real estate and hotel investment funds. Mr. Donnelly specializes in the federal and state historic tax credit area and has worked on many of the large historical rehabilitations in San Francisco over the last several years, including the San Francisco Ferry Building.

Mr. Donnelly recently served two terms on Farella's five-person Advisory Board.  Also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he served as a Senior Accountant with Ernst & Young and as a tax associate with Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, both in New York City, prior to joining Farella Braun + Martel in 1995.