How Bruce Helps Clients
Bruce Booken uses his extensive tax, accounting and business acumen to help clients through complex transactions in order to reach their business goals. Whether the client’s goal is to grow stronger, larger, more financially stable or sell their business outright, Bruce uses his vast experience to analyze and structure deals that hit the mark and provide maximum tax benefit.
He helps clients by providing day-to-day advice as well as counsel on once-in-a-lifetime, make-or-break decisions. He assists clients from the Mid-Atlantic to Florida with a focus on privately held companies in industries such as real estate, energy, security alarm, technology and manufacturing.
Bruce’s approach is creative, yet practical and efficient, producing positive tax and business outcomes for clients dealing with business formations and restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, debt and equity financings, and company and asset sales. As a trusted advisor to his clients, he often serves as general counsel for companies that do not have in-house counsel handling both routine and unexpected commercial and operating issues.
Bruce was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 list for Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law and Tax Law.
What Clients Can Expect
Practicing for more than 40 years, Bruce has seen it all . . . and from all sides. He comes to the table leading with his client’s interests, but also with a keen understanding that it takes both sides to reach an agreement and get the deal done. As a result, he can anticipate and proactively navigate around issues before they become barriers.
Bruce thrives on the complex and complicated, using his strategic and insightful thinking to simplify and drive solutions. Calm under pressure, he’s approachable and actively listens to his clients.
As co-chair of the firm’s Tax Section, Bruce shares his deep understanding of tax principles and experience in business and commercial transactions with his clients and with other attorneys with whom he collaborates.
I do all I can to help my clients achieve their vision and business objectives.
Recently, on behalf of clients, Bruce has:
- Developed new organizational structure for Pittsburgh Steelers to facilitate investments by new persons in order to significantly restructure the ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Represented over 20 insurance companies in connection with their claims for additional tax credits arising from the payment of assessments to the Pennsylvania Guaranty Association.
- Created a private REIT to provide tax efficient structure for an investor’s equity investment in a real estate project.
Vanderbilt University, J.D., 1977
Miami University, B.S., 1974, Business Economics
- District of Columbia
Past chair, Taxation Section, Allegheny County Bar Association
Taxation and Business Law Sections, American Bar Association
Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, past Chair of the Board of Directors