Robert Burke

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

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Boston 02109 MA US

Robert D. Burke is a member and former chair of the Tax Practice Group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Mr. Burke devotes a majority of his practice to issues involving the taxation of partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations, REITs and other entities treated as “pass-through” entities for federal income tax purposes.

Within this area, he is a well recognized authority in the structuring and formation of investment funds (including venture capital, real estate and “hedge” funds) and complex commercial joint ventures and similar arrangements. The balance of Mr. Burke’s practice focuses on corporate mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and financings.

The core of this portion of his practice involves structuring and negotiating both taxable and tax-free corporate acquisitions. Mr. Burke also has significant experience with corporate “spin-offs” and public offerings of complex financial instruments.

Mr. Burke is a member of the American Bar Association’s Section on Taxation and serves on its Committee on Partnerships and Subcommittee on Partnership Allocations. He is also a past member of the Subcommittee on Partnerships with Tax-Exempt Partners.

Mr. Burke has taught numerous courses on taxation of venture capital funds and real estate transactions, including courses for the Practicing Law Institute, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education program and the Institute for International Research.

He is a past co-chairperson of the seminar Private Equity Tax Practices, sponsored by the Institute for International Research, and has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Center for Real Estate.


  • LLM, Boston University School of Law, 1984
  • JD, Cornell Law School, 1980
  • BA, Williams College, 1976

ADMISSIONS : Massachusetts


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