Donald M. Lansky

  • Michigan 1969
  • Michigan State University: B.A. 1966
  • Wayne State University: J.D. cum laude 1969; LL.M. Taxation 1972
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit (Chairperson, Professional Advisory Committee, 1991-96; Chairperson, Educational Forum for Jewish Philanthropy, 1995-2000)
  • United Jewish Foundation (Vice President, 1996-2003; Chairperson Endowment Fund, 2001-04)
  • Jewish Vocational Service (Director, 1990 – present; President Board of Trustees, 1997-99)
  • dbusiness Top Lawyers:  2023
  • Michigan Super Lawyers: 2006, 2007, 2011 – 2019
  • Michigan Leading Lawyers: 2016 – 2019
  • Proceedings before the Michigan Tax Tribunal, 1978.
  • Cash or Deferred Compensation – Flexibility and Cost Reduction in a Qualified Retirement Plan, (Co-Author), 1984
  • So You Think You Transferred the Family Business – Section 2036(c) Has a Surprise for You, 1989.

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DONALD M. LANSKY is a shareholder of the firm. Mr. Lansky has focused his practice on individual and business tax planning, business entity planning, family wealth transfers, estate planning and mergers and acquisitions.  He has extensive experience in areas such as the following:

  • Planning, formation, development, operation and tax compliance regarding closely held business entities
  • General representation of business entities
  • Tax planning with respect to partnerships, S corporations, limited liability companies and similar pass through entities
  • Development of effective compensation and long-term benefit plans for business entities
  • Tax planning involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and tax-free reorganizations
  • Representation of buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of businesses
  • Preparation of estate planning documentation, including Wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts and family limited partnerships
  • Development of effective wealth transfer planning strategies and techniques
  • Assistance in forming and obtaining tax rulings for private charitable foundations and public charities, as well as general legal representation for such organizations