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Richard L. Lieberman

Richard L. Lieberman

Senior Counsel


  • Business Services
  • Federal Tax
  • Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

WSG Practice Industries


Illinois, U.S.A.


Richard L. Lieberman is a senior counsel in the Chicago office of Dykema and a member of the Firm’s Tax Practice Group and Dental Service Organizations Group. With more than 35 years of broad transactional and structuring experience, Mr. Lieberman concentrates his practice on the use of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in domestic and cross-border acquisitions, restructurings, mergers and financing transactions. He also advises Dykema’s clients on tax issues related to executive compensation arrangements, including designing and advising on the implementation of executive, equity and deferred compensation programs.

Mr. Lieberman has substantial experience in the formation of joint ventures and acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and interests in joint ventures, including representing Dental Service Organizations in the design and implementation of tax-efficient structures and transactions. He also represents not-for-profit organizations in obtaining and retaining exemption from federal, state and local taxes, avoiding unrelated business income tax, and addressing private inurement and intermediate sanctions issues. He has long-represented both businesses and individuals before the Internal Revenue Service and state Departments of Revenue.

Richard is one of the senior Dykema attorneys leading the firm’s initiative in the Qualified Opportunity Zone space. He is experienced in the organization and implementation of Qualified Opportunity Funds and regularly designs investment vehicles intended to capture Qualified Opportunity Zone benefits for investors.

Mr. Lieberman has been recognized as a “Leading Individual” by the International Tax Review in its World Tax Edition, was formerly an adjunct professor at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law and is an Expert Author for the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation series of Lexis Practice Advisor® as well as a participant on Law360’s Tax Authority Federal Advisory Board.

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DePaul University College of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1990 New York University School of Law, LL.M., International Legal Studies, 1984 ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983 University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.B.A., Accounting and Finance, 1980
Areas of Practice

Business Services | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Federal Tax | Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations | Opportunity Zone Resource Center | Real Estate Tax Incentives & Economic Development | State & Local Tax | Tax Controversies & Litigation | Taxation


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