Victor F. Keen

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Victor F. Keen practices in the areas of partnership and corporate taxation and the tax aspects of workouts and bankruptcies.

Admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, the District of Columbia and New Jersey, Mr. Keen is a member of the Real Estate and Partnership committees of the American Bar Association's Taxation Section and the Tax Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

A former judicial clerk to the Honorable John W. Kern of the United States Tax Court, he is a 1966 graduate of Harvard Law School and a graduate of Trinity College.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Chair, Tax Department, 1999-2007
- Of Counsel, 2007-present
- Partner, 1995-2007
•Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Partner, Chair of Tax Department, 1993-1995
•Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman, New York, New York
- Partner, 1983-1992
•Whitman & Ransom, New York, New York
- Partner, 1976-1983
•Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, New York
- Associate, 1968-1976
•United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C., Judicial Clerk, Honorable John W. Kern, 1966-1968

Board Memberships

- Co-Chairman, 2013-present
- Board Member, 2007-present

Honors and Awards

•Listed in U.S. News/Best Lawyers The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2019

•Listed in Best Lawyers Greater Philadelphia, 2016
•Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, 2004-2013
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Civic and Charitable Activities

•Vice President, Board's Executive Committee, Philadelphia Theatre Company
•Member, Board of Directors, Spring Garden Civic Association


Selected Publications

• Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997: Provisions Affecting Real Estate, Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section Newsletter, November 1997
•Principal draftsman, Proposed Regulations Under Section 469(c)(7), Report of the Philadelphia Bar Association Section on Taxation, May 1995.
• Real Estate Aspects of Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993, Tri-State Real Estate Journal, September 17, 1993
• Choice of Securities in Corporate Acquisitions, Business Acquisitions, Practising Law Institute

Speaking Engagements

Selected Speaking Engagements

• Tax Aspects of Equity-Based Compensation, Pennsylvania Bar Association CLE program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 6, 2000
• Tax Aspects of Equity-Based Compensation of a Service Partner, Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 29, 1999
•Panelist, Like-Kind Exchanges Under Internal Revenue Code Section 1031, San Diego, California, October 22 and 23, 1998
•Panelist, Mergers and Acquisition Tax Planning, Philadelphia Tax Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1998
•Panelist, Tax Aspects of Environmental Remediation, Philadelphia Bar Association Environmental Law Committee, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1998
• Planning Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls of Family Limited Partnerships, Montgomery County Estate Planning Council, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, November 24, 1997
•Course Planner, Tax Relief Act of 1997, Continuing Legal Education program sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Association's Tax Section, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania November 20, 1997
•Panelist, Financing Issues in Deferred Exchanges, and Qualified Use Problems Under Section 1030, National Conference on Deferred Exchanges, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 30 and 31, 1997
•Panelist, Section 1031 Deferred Exchanges: Advanced Planning, 37th Annual Philadelphia Tax Seminar, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 28, 1997
• Current Developments in Nonqualified Deferred Compensation: Deferred Delivery Options and Transferable Options, Philadelphia Tax Supper Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 1, 1997
•Moderator and Panelist, How to Make the Most Effective Use of Family Limited Partnerships, Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1997
•Panelist, Choosing the Appropriate Business Entity--Alphabet Soup (C Corporation, S Corporation, LLP, LLC or LP?), Co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Bar Institute and the Philadelphia Bar Education Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 19, 1997
•Course Planner and Moderator, Estate Planning and S Corporations and Shareholders: The 1996 Changes, Co-sponsored by the Probate and Trusts Section and the Tax Section of the Philadelphia Bar Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 4, 1997
•Chair, The Tax Aspects of Environmental Remediation Expenses, mid-year meeting of the Taxation Section of the American Bar Association, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 1997
•Panelist, Related Party Issues Under I.R.C. 1031 (e) and (f), Like-Kind Exchanges Under 1031 I.R.C. conference sponsored by CoreStates Bank and Center for Professional Seminars, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1996
•Moderator, Choice of Entity, Selling the Business and Business Succession Planning, Philadelphia Bar Education Center program, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, September 1996
•Panel Chair, Passive Activity Losses of Real Estate Professionals and Others, Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Luncheon Series, November 1995
•Principal Draftsman, Proposed Regulations Under Section 469(c)(7), Report of the Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Section, May 1995
•Panel Chair, At-Risk: Planning Opportunities, 1994 American Bar Association Tax Section Annual Meeting, New Orleans
•Panelist, Controversial Proposed Partnership Anti-Abuse Regulations, Philadelphia Bar Association Tax Luncheon Series, September 14, 1994
• Disguised Sales: The New Section 707 Regulations, New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, New York City, November 11, 1992, San Francisco, December 9, 1992
• Fundamentals of Real Estate Taxation: Troubled Real Estate, American Bar Association Annual Tax Section Meeting, August 11, 1992
• Working with S Corporations: Current Issues, New York State Bar Association, New York City, April 20, 1992
• Real Estate Workout Workshop, American Bar Association meeting, Washington, D.C., May 1991
• Sophisticated Tax Planning for Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies, 13th Annual New York University Conference on Federal Taxation of Real Estate Transactions, 1991

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Partnership Taxation
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Workouts Taxation
  • Bankruptcy Taxation
  • Affordable Housing

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215 979 1945  Phone
215 689 2732  Fax
Law School Attended:
Harvard Law School, J.D., 1966
Year of First Admission:
1967, District of Columbia; 1970, New York; 1994, New Jersey; 1994, Pennsylvania

Professional Activities

•American Bar Association
- Taxation Section
-- Real Estate Committee
-- Chair, Subcommittee on Family Limited Partnerships
-- Partnership Committee
•Pennsylvania Bar Association - Tax Law Section
•Philadelphia Bar Association
- Tax Section

Birth Information:
Pueblo, Colorado, October 6, 1941

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