How Lisa Helps Clients
Lisa Starczewski is a trusted business advisor who focuses her practice on several areas of transactional tax law. She works closely with pass-throughs, corporate and real estate clients in structuring business transactions, drafting tax provisions, and solving complex tax issues. Because of Lisa’s reputation for listening carefully to clients and providing smart, clear, and actionable answers to tough questions, she has become the principal client relationship manager and team leader for one of the firm’s largest institutional clients. She is co-chair of the firm's Tax section.
Lisa is well known for her exceptional tax-technical understanding. Prior to joining Buchanan, she practiced tax law with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis. She was also self-employed as a tax consultant and writer/speaker. In 2001, Lisa developed TaxCruncherPro, a software program designed to compute complex business and personal tax planning calculations. From 1997 to 1999, Lisa was a developer at Tax Management, Inc., where she focused on efforts to integrate tax and technology to add interactivity and web-based delivery to its educational products.
What Clients Can Expect
To Lisa, the two most important elements of her work are the relationships that she develops with clients and colleagues and the opportunity to help clients by employing “cutting edge” knowledge of new and existing tax rules to deliver efficient, focused and meaningful solutions. Lisa is a great advocate, easy to talk to, and an effective presenter, who – according to client accounts – consistently exceeds expectations.
Providing the level of service my clients need means merging deep tax knowledge with an equally deep understanding of their business goals.
- Lisa serves as the Technical Director of the Bloomberg BNA Portfolios and has authored several Portfolios herself, which are highly respected as the “go-to” resource on tax law. Her titles include, among others, T.M. 714: “Partnerships – Allocation of Liabilities; Basis Rules” and T.M. 565: “Installment Sales.”
- BNA Tax Management Portfolios are written by the nation’s leading federal tax authorities and are often cited in federal tax cases as containing the most persuasive thinking on critical tax topics. She has also written portfolios on the at-risk rules, real estate leases, IRS National Office Procedure, alternative minimum tax, scholarship & educational expenses, and deductibility of legal fees.
- In the Accounting Series, she focuses her writing on revenue recognition and leasing.
- Lisa is also a frequent speaker at webinars and CLEs on various tax issues. She has received the Tax Management Distinguished Author Award and is the chair of the new Tax Management Pass-Throughs Advisory Board.
- Lisa has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Villanova University School of Law, where she taught courses in the graduate tax program.
- Lisa authored, "No Risk, No Reward: New Pass-through Rules Significantly Limit the Usefulness of Leveraged Partnerships and Bottom Dollar Guarantees," 10/15/2016
Outside the Office
When not guiding clients through thorny tax issues, Lisa may often be found following and sharing her passion for the theater. She sings, acts, teaches performing arts and musical theater, and has founded a nonprofit community theater to provide performing arts education. She is married with five children whom she homeschooled; and she says that if she were not a practicing attorney, she would be a college professor.
Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1988, summa cum laude
Smith College, B.A., 1985, magna cum laude
- Washington, D.C.
Member, ABA Tax Section
Founder, executive director and board president of Facetime Theater, a nonprofit theater focused on providing performing arts education to the community