Stuart B. Kotler, Co-Managing Partner of Berdon LLP, has been with the Firm for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience serving as an accounting and business advisor to prominent real estate companies as well as to family-owned and closely held businesses. Often representing clients as the key negotiator in complex transactions, Stu specializes in structuring, acquisitions, workouts, and tax planning. He has also been instrumental in the formation and operation of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
His recent real estate and other business experience includes:
- Planning and structuring joint venture arrangements
- Advising and negotiating sales and acquisitions
- Obtaining securitized financing
- Formulating lease arrangements
- Utilizing like-kind exchanges
Stu’s service approach focuses on dealing with the economic, business, and family issues impacting his clients. In this role, he assists clients with issues concerning the operations of their business from an economic and tax perspective, as well as with trust and estate and personal financial planning. Stu has also been involved with the Firm’s litigation support department and has qualified Berdon as an expert in New York State Supreme Court.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
American Bar Association
- Section of Taxation
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Bar Association
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
Apple Bank for Savings
- Member, Executive Committee
- Member, Asset and Liability Committee
- Member, Loan Committee
EDUCATION AND LICENSES
Stu graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He went on to earn a Master of Business Administration in taxation at New York University while simultaneously attending Cardozo Law School, where he received a Juris Doctor degree. In 1985, he obtained his license as a certified public accountant in the New York. He was admitted to practice law before the Courts of New York and the United States Tax Court in 1983.