Steven M. Burke
Director, Tax, Trusts & Estates, and Corporate Departments
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101

Steve is a shareholder and director of the firm where he has been a member of its Tax, Trusts & Estates and Corporate Departments for over 25 years.  Using his expertise as a licensed CPA as well as an attorney, Steve advises high net worth individuals, families and fiduciaries on estate and income tax planning and administration, and wealth preservation strategies.  Steve also serves as Trustee of many significant family trusts; working closely with beneficiaries, family offices, and advisors regarding fiduciary, legal, tax and trust administration issues.

Steve also serves as counsel for the boards of significant charitable, educational and tax-exempt institutions, offering advice on fiduciary, governance and tax matters.  He represents individuals and businesses before the IRS as well as the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Department of Revenue agencies and has assisted clients in obtaining administrative rulings from those taxing authorities.  He has also served as counsel in all aspects of ESOP transactions including representing companies, fiduciaries, and sellers in ESOP-related matters.  Steve also advises business owners on entity creation, governance, business succession, and transaction structuring issues.

Steve received his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law (1990), J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law (1987), M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell (1984) and B.A. from Bates College (1981). He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law and previously worked as a CPA at PriceWaterhouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Areas of Focus

  • Corporate Business Law
  • Tax Law
  • Small Business Law
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration
  • Pension/Profit Sharing/Employee Benefits Law
  • Education and Independent Schools


  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Member, New Hampshire Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Associations
  • Member, United States Tax Court
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire and Massachusetts
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ distinguished CGMA designation



  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, Member, Dean’s Advisory Committee
  • New Hampshire Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Member, Board of Trustees
  • The Boston Foundation, Professional Advisors Committee (PAC), Alumni Member
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Member, Governing Council
  • University of New Hampshire School of Law, Distinguished Fellow in Tax Law
  • Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Massachusetts, Member, Board of Trustees
  • American College of Tax Counsel, Fellow


  • New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants, Past President and former Board Member
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Management Advisory Board, Former Member
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell, Building Committee, Former Member
  • The Derryfield School, Board member (2000-2011), Former Chair and Treasurer, Board of Trustees
  • League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Foundation, Former Board of Directors
  • Stage One Productions, Former Board of Directors
  • Leadership of Manchester Program, Past Graduate
  • New Hampshire Employee Benefits Council, Past Chair
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Past Chair Taxation Section
  • University of New Hampshire Law, Past Adjunct Faculty Member



  • Best Lawyers in America (Corporate Law, Tax Law), 2003 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America’s Lawyer of the Year (Tax Law), 2019 and 2024
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s Go To Taxation Lawyers, 2022
  • New Hampshire Business Review, Business Excellence Award, Professional Services, 2016

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