Of Counsel
T: 617-419-3181
F: 617.451.1729

Vanessa Carnes focuses her practice on federal and state tax advice and planning for businesses (both for-profit and exempt organizations) and their owners in connection with a wide variety of business transactions, including choice of entity analysis, structuring, and documentation of routine and complex partnership and corporate transactions. Vanessa’s experience extends to the representation of taxpayers in connection with tax issues and structuring arising in tax credit transactions.  Vanessa has also represented business owners and corporations on the design and implementation of equity incentive compensation plans for new and existing business ventures, including analysis of 409A issues, as well as general tax planning for executives in negotiating or upon receipt of equity incentive compensation.

Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten, Vanessa was a junior partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and Of Counsel in the tax groups of Boston law firms Goulston & Storrs PC and Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP. Vanessa began her career in Philadelphia where she practiced at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young LLP

Education -

  • Villanova University School of Law (L.L.M. in Taxation 1996)
  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1994)
  • Villanova University, Villanova School of Business (B.S. cum laude 1991)

Admissions -

  • Pennsylvania (1994)
  • New Jersey (1994)
  • Massachusetts (1995)
  • Federal Tax Court (1996)

Community Service and Professional Activities -

  • Pro bono representation of homeless individuals through the Lawyers Clearinghouse
  • Pro bono representation of tax exempt organizations
  • Member of the Tax Section and the Affordable Housing Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Tax Section, Tax Exempt Organizations Section and Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association


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