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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


Notice 2020-39: IRS Provides Relief to Qualified Opportunity Funds and Investors Related to COVID-19 Pandemic
Dykema, June 2020

The Novogradac Opportunity Zones Working Group (the “Novogradac Group”) recently wrote to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (the “Commissioner”) and the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy of the Department of the Treasury...

Treasury and IRS Finalize Section 385 Regulations
Dykema, May 2020

On May 13, 2020, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued final regulations under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code (“Code”), T.D. 9897 (“Final Regulations”), which address the classification of certain related party debt as stock or equity for U.S. Federal income tax purposes...

Modified Net Operating Loss Rules — Taxpayer Considerations
Dykema, May 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of March 27, 2020, (“CARES Act”) amended Section 172 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”) with respect to net operating losses (“NOL”) arising in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by restoring some of the favorable provisions applicable to NOLs prior to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”)...

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