Karl P. Fryzel: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Karl P. Fryzel

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

Peer Rating
AV® Preeminent

Client Rating

Featured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer IconFeatured AV Peer Review Rated Lawyer Icon
Printer Friendly VersionEmail this PageDownload to My Outlook ContactsAdd lawyer to My FavoritesCompare this lawyer to other lawyers in your favorites

Experience & Credentials Ratings & Reviews

Practice Areas

  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Business Law
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
  • Cross Border
  • Tax
  • Tax Credits & Syndication
  • Start-up Companies
  • Technology
  • Media & Telecommunications
  • Energy & Cleantech
  • Healthcare
  • Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Communications
  • Cable
  • Broadcasting
  • Telecommunications
  • Wireless & Satellite
University Boston College, A.B., summa cum laude, 1973
Law SchoolGeorgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1976
AdmittedMassachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; U.S. Tax Court


American Bar Association - Tax Section
Boston Bar Association - Tax Section
Boston Tax Forum

BornAcushnet, Massachusetts, May 26, 1951

Karl is a member of the Tax, Benefits & Compensation Department and the Private Equity & Venture Capital Group. His practice includes all aspects of tax planning for corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and individuals engaged in business and investment activities. Karl has been listed as both a Massachusetts Super Lawyer since 2004, and a New England Super Lawyer since 2007 in the area of Tax Law by Thomson Reuters and Boston Magazine. He has also been listed among The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Tax Law since 2007 and Litigation and Controversy - Tax since 2012.

Karl handles the tax aspects of venture capital and private equity financings, corporate and partnership restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, general advice in acquiring, holding and disposing of real estate, the formation of investment funds, executive compensation and preparation of tax disclosure materials in private and public offerings of partnership and corporate securities, including investment partnerships and real estate investment trusts.

He has particular experience in advising tax-exempt organizations; in structuring leasing transactions; international tax planning of inbound and outbound corporate and real estate transactions and offshore investment funds; tax planning of debt restructurings for creditors and debtors; tax disputes in administrative and judicial proceedings; and representation of institutional investors and developers of low-income housing credit projects.
•Assisted numerous venture capital, private equity and hedge funds in organizing new funds and making investments in portfolio companies.

•Guided numerous public and private companies through tax-free acquisitions in the United States and in cross-border transactions.

•Advised several REIT's and mutual funds concerning the tax aspects of organization and operations.

•Structured sale-leasebacks and leveraged leases of real estate and equipment in transactions valued at over one billion dollars.

•Assisted healthcare organizations and museums in forming joint ventures with for-profit enterprises.

•Handled numerous IRS and Massachusetts tax audits through the appeals and settlement process, and in court, including cases involving national tax shelter audit teams.

Before Edwards Wildman

After law school, Karl was an attorney-advisor in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C. where he drafted international tax regulations and legislation. He also served as an attorney-advisor in the Appellate Section of the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where he briefed and argued over 50 cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Supreme Court. Following his years of government service, Karl has spent over 30 years in private practice in Boston.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Karl is active in his community of Winchester, Massachusetts and is currently a Town Meeting Member. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and Chairman of the Town Finance Committee. Karl has been a member of the Massachusetts Taxpayer's Foundation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. Karl was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve on the 15 member Study Commission on Corporate Taxation, which made several recommendations for corporate tax reform that were enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2008.

• South Asia


Documents by this lawyer on Martindale.com

Subscribe to this feed

Supreme Court Holds that Severance Payments Constitute Wages under FICA
Lori A. Basilico,Karl P. Fryzel,Rebecca Melaas, April 1, 2014
On March 25, 2014, the United States Supreme Court held in United States v. Quality Stores, Inc. that severance payments made to employees who were involuntarily terminated are taxable as wages under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”). United States v. Quality Stores,...

View Ratings & Reviews
Profile Visibility
#1,970 in weekly profile views out of 19,418 lawyers in Boston, Massachusetts
#133,404 in weekly profile views out of 1,587,858 total lawyers Overall

Office Information

Karl P. Fryzel

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


Professional Networking for Legal Professionals Only

Quickly and easily expand your professional
network - join the premier global network for legal professionals only. It's powered by the
Martindale-Hubbell database - over 1,000,000 lawyers strong.
Join Now