Harry J. Friedman: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Harry J. Friedman

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Life Sciences & Medical Technology
  • Education
Contact InfoTelephone: 602.445.8000
Fax: 602.445.8100
University Hobart and William Smith Colleges, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolSyracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1974; University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1981
Admitted1975, District of Columbia (inactive); 1981, Florida; 2001, Arizona

Professional & Community Involvement

• Member, State Bar of Arizona, Tax Section
• Member, American Bar Association, Tax Section
• Co-Chair, Committee on Proposed Revenue Rulings of S Corporations (1991-1992)
• Chair, Sub-Committee on Proposed and Temporary Regulations of S Corporations Committee (1984-1991)
• The Florida Bar
• Executive Counsel, Tax Section (1991-1992)
• Chair, Committee on Corporate Tax (1986-1988)
• Co-Chair, Committee on Administration of State Taxes (1991-1992)
• Vice-Chair, Committee on Relations between FICPA and Florida Bar

BornSyracuse, New York, October 31, 1949

Harry J. Friedman has a wide-ranging experience in the area of general business tax planning, including the formation of joint ventures, limited partnerships and limited liability companies, consolidated tax returns, and mergers and acquisitions of both private and public corporations. In addition, Harry provides advice and counseling to tax exempt organizations including hospitals, private schools, and scientific research organizations on maintaining tax-exempt status, unrelated trade or business income issues, and joint ventures as well as corporate governance issues.

Areas of Concentration

• Partnership and corporate taxation
• Tax exempt organizations
• Federal and state taxation

Awards & Recognition

• Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 1999-2016
• Member, Winning Team, ACG New York Champion's Awards, Deal of the Year (over $500mm); Cross-border Transaction of the Year (over $250mm) for $1.8 billion Acquisition of MacDermid, Inc. by Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited, 2014
• Member, Winning Team, M&A Deal of the Year (Over $1 Billion to $5 Billion) for Platform Specialty Products Corporation (f/k/a Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited) acquisition of MacDermid, Incorporated and related entities, The M&A Advisor's 6th Annual International M&A Awards, 2014
• Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate Finance Category, 2013
• Finalist, Daily Business Review, Top Dealmaker of the Year - Corporate International Category, 2013
• Member, Winning Team, Consumer and Retail Products Deal of the Year (over $200mm) for Merger of Burger King and Justice Holdings Ltd., ACG New York Champion's Award, 2013
• Member, Winning Team, M&A Deal of the Year (over $200mm to $500mm) for Martin Resource Management Corporation ESOP, ACG New York Champion's Award, 2013
• Member, Winning Team, Middle-Market Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year and Professional Services, ACG New York Champions Awards, 2012
• Recipient, Phoenix Business Journal, Best of the Bar Award for Tax Law, 2005
• Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

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Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.19.15 23 Greenberg Traurig Arizona Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Best Lawyers in America
02.02.15 Greenberg Traurig Represents the Henny Penny Corporation in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan Transaction
10.28.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives M&A Industrial Goods and Basic Resources Deal of the Year Award
10.09.14 Greenberg Traurig Represents Gentiva Health Services in $1.8 Billion Acquisition by Kindred Healthcare; Nationwide Integrated Care Delivery System Created
06.20.14 Greenberg Traurig Named Winner in Three Categories at Fourth Annual ACG New York Champion's Awards
03.11.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives M&A Deal of the Year Award
01.09.14 Greenberg Traurig Receives Three M&A Advisor Awards
11.22.13 Greenberg Traurig Recognized at Annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards
10.22.13 Greenberg Traurig Represents Providence Apparel in Acquisition of Gerber Childrenswear
10.11.13 Greenberg Traurig Team Assists Platform Acquisition Holdings Limited, Founders in $1.8B M&A

Published Articles

06.01.04 Succession Planning in the Closely Held Business


05.22.13 IRS Issues Final Regulations on Deemed Asset Sale Elections Under Code Section 336(e)
12.22.10 The GT M&A Report, Vol. 2, Ed. 2
06.03.10 Transaction Expense Tax Benefits Can Enhance Seller Proceeds
03.24.10 The GT M&A Report, Vol. 2, Ed. 1
04.29.09 Holders of Carried Interests Face Higher Taxes
03.17.09 Charitable Endowments in Difficult Times: How Much Can Be Spent For Current Needs?
02.24.09 Business Tax Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
02.12.09 New Federal Tax Form Spurs Adoption of Policies and Increased Director Oversight
10.22.08 Nonprofit Directors: How to Navigate in Uncertain Times
07.22.08 What if the Bush Tax Cuts Expire and Capital Gains Rates Rise?

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


• Mentioned, Deal Makers: Attorney Works $800 Million Debt Offering, Daily Business Review, August 8, 2012
• Co-Author, Changes in the Laws Governing Tax Exempts, GT Alert, August 2007
• Co-Author, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: A Primer on Excise Tax Penalties on Foundations and Charitable Trusts, Trusts & Estates, May 2000
• Co-Author, Florida Nonprofit Corporation Law, The Exempt Organization Tax Review


• Speaker, Intermediate Sanctions, Current Developments Affecting Public Charities, Miami, FL, May 1997
• Speaker, Ancillary Joint Ventures, Tax Issues for Healthcare Organizations, October 1996
• Speaker, Conversions of Nonprofit Hospitals, National Health Lawyers Association Annual Health Law Update, June 1996
• Speaker, Conversions of Nonprofit Hospitals, American Bar Association Health Law Forum, October 1995 (Also at Fort Lauderdale, Florida Office)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Representation of Brentwood Associates in the acquisition of Soft Surroundings, a direct marketer and specialty retailer of branded apparel, accessories, beauty products and home furnishings. Provided tax counsel for a number of private equity fund acquisitions and dispositions. Provided tax advice to Rowland Coffee Roasters, Inc., a privately held company based in Miami and best known for the leading Hispanic brands Cafe Bustelo and Cafe Pilon , in the $360 million sale of its coffee brands and business operations to The J.M. Smucker Company. Provided tax advice in connection with spin-offs and split-offs of public companies. Provided tax advice in connection with creating limited liability company structures for S corporations' targets. Provided tax advice in connection with the formation of real estate opportunity funds and private equity funds. Represented a tax exempt organization in a merger with another tax exempt organization. Represented a public corporation in connection with its acquisition by a public corporation in a tax-free reorganization. Representation of homebuilders in connection with joint ventures for development of building lots.

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Harry J. Friedman

2375 East Camelback Road, Suite 700
PhoenixAZ 85016


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