Biography

Mike is a highly-regarded, Boston-based business and tax lawyer helping clients with sophisticated transactions in the areas of business, real estate, tax and financial planning and estate and gift tax planning for individuals. He has over 45 years of experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, partnerships and limited liability companies, individuals and corporations.

Mike was the Chairman of the Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster's Tax Practice Group and served as Managing Director of the firm. In addition, he is active as a leader in the civic and professional life of Boston.

Mike has been a frequent lecturer and contributing author for MCLE, Federal Tax Institute and ALI/ABA programs on real estate and complex partnership taxation issues.

Mike joined Rackemann in 1971, right out of law school. Rackemann combined with Verrill Dana LLP in 2022.

Services/Industries

Education

  • Harvard Law School  (J.D.)
  • Boston College  (B.A., summa cum laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Society of Fellows, Boston Bar Association
  • Trustee, Brigham and Women’s Physicians’ Organization (2000-present)
  • Chairman, Compensation Committee, Brigham and Women’s Physicians Organization (2000-present)
  • Member, Standing Committee on Conflicts of Interest, Harvard Medical School (1994-present)
  • Corporate Member, Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (1995-present)
  • Member, Committee on Professional and Institutional Conduct, Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (1997-2008)
  • Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc. (1998-2002)
  • Chairman and Director, Operation Smile (Greater Boston Chapter) (1995-2001)
  • Director, Brigham Surgical Group, Inc. (1996-2000)
  • Director, BWH Anesthesia Foundation, Inc. (1995-2000)
  • Chairman, Ventures Advisory Committee, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1986-1997)
  • Trustee, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (1987-1996)

Honors

  • Selected for listing in The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2020

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Hospitals Win 340B Medicare Rate Cut Suit, But When, How, and How Much They Will Recoup Remains Unclear

In a recent unanimous decision, the Supreme Court found that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), erred when it significantly reduced...

Publication/Podcast

New DOJ Task Force Announced Will Impact Health Care Providers & Prescribers in Northern New England

Major enforcement news was released today, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, for medical professionals and anyone working in or around the health care space in Maine , New Hampshire , and Vermont . The United...

Blog

Health Plans: PCORI Fee Is Due August 1, 2022

What is the PCORI Fee? The Affordable Care Act created a non-profit corporation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (“PCORI”), to conduct research to help individuals, providers, and policymakers make better healthcare choices by advancing...

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

News

Verrill Partner Robert Ruesch Elected to American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s Governing Committee

Event

Implications of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Webinar

Join Verrill's Robert Laplaca who will be presenting this webinar on understanding what risks confront gambling businesses operating on the internet. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006, but its implications...

News

Verrill Elects Longtime Partner Scott Anderson as New Managing Partner

Matter

Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...

Blog

Four Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Environmental Law in Maine

Verrill attorneys Juliet T. Browne, James I. Cohen, Gordon R. Smith, and Mathew J. Todaro were recently recognized for energy and environmental law in Maine in the 2022 Chambers & Partners Guide . Chambers...

Event

Annual Update Part 6: Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion - Top Legal Challenges and Best Practices for Your Company

Join Verrill for its sixth session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Update Series. Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez will discuss steps that employers are taking to embrace diversity in their hiring practices...

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