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45 School Street
2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
100 Arboretum Drive
Suite 140
Newington, NH 03801
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 603 628 1454

Steven M. Burke

Director, Tax, Trusts & Estates, and Corporate Departments

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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 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 School of Law and previously worked as a CPA at PriceWaterhouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Areas of Focus

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



Steve is a Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel, member of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Bar Associations, and the United States Tax Court.   He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and has earned the AICPA's distinguished CGMA designation.  Steve is the Past President Taxation Section of the New Hampshire Bar, a two-time Past President/Board member of the New Hampshire Society of CPAs, a Member of the Governing Council of the AICPA, Past President of the New Hampshire Employee Benefits Council and has served on numerous Boards of non-profit and educational institutions, including The Derryfield School, Austin Preparatory School and UMass Lowell.  Steve is a frequent speaker with the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants.


  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) 2019 (Private Wealth Law)
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (Corporate Law, Tax Law)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2019 in Best Lawyers in America (Tax Law)
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: A Guide to America's Leading Lawyers (Corporate/Commercial: Tax)
  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • New England Super Lawyer
  • Lawyer of the Year 2015 in Best Lawyers in America (Tax Law)



  • Member, Professional Advisors Committee (PAC)
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)
  • Distinguished Fellow in Tax Law at University of New Hampshire School of Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees of Austin Preparatory School, Reading, Massachusetts
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Member, Governing Council of the AICPA


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