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Federal, State, & Local Tax Services

Tax & Wealth Management

Few transactions conducted today are without tax consequences. At Walter Haverfield, we believe taxes can be minimized through wise decision-making and advanced planning.

Practice Group Leader

Gary A. Zwick, Partner

Gary is a partner who has a general tax practice, with emphasis on tax planning for closely held and family businesses and their owners, and high-net-worth individuals. His focus encompasses not only income tax planning, but also estate planning, retirement plans and planning, business and individual taxation, Subchapters C & S, mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and tax court practice and controversy work.

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Our Federal, State & Local Tax Difference

At Walter Haverfield, we are as passionate and dedicated to the success of your business as you are. We stay abreast of the constant changes within the Internal Revenue Code to ensure our clients legally minimize their tax liability. For those clients who face penalties and legal action, we provide tax court practice, expert witness, and litigation support.

By fully understanding our clients’ individual and business objectives, our team of tax experts provides valuable tax-saving tips and identifies customized solutions for limiting tax consequences.

We possess the knowledge and expertise to analyze all aspects of individual and entity tax transactions in a broad variety of matters, including:

  • Property transfers
  • Capital gains and losses
  • Installment sales
  • Grantor trust transactions
  • 1031 exchanges
  • Qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation
  • Employee Benefits
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA)


Our attorneys in our Cleveland and Columbus offices are consistently ranked and recognized by Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and more. At Walter Haverfield, we pride ourselves on becoming each client’s trusted advisor for all their tax and wealth needs.


  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Commercial Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Real Estate
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Litigation – Trust & Estates
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Tax Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Environmental
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – Construction
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Litigation – ERISA


  • National Tier 2: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Environmental Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Land Use & Zoning Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Real Estate Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Banking and Finance Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Construction Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Environmental Litigation
  • Metropolitan Tier 3: Construction Litigation


  • Creatively structuring and negotiating purchases and sales of businesses to reduce or eliminate taxes
  • Designing compensation, benefits and qualified plan systems for closely held and family businesses to maximize benefits and minimize costs
  • Structuring optimal entity selection, accounting periods, and methods and situs of closely held entities to reduce tax exposure for entrepreneurial businesses
  • Extensive experience with audits, appeals, and court cases on the federal, state, and local level; regularly obtain private letter rulings and interface with all levels of administrative entities
  • Managing family business and other shareholder disputes
  • Working closely with individuals and their families to design and implement multi-generational estate and wealth-planning strategies
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Advising and assisting clients in all steps of setting up non-profit organizations and obtaining favorable determinations from the IRS
  • Assisting with reinstatement of tax-exempt status
  • Assisting in gift planning to maximize estate, gift, and generation skipping tax savings
  • Advising and guiding clients through Offshore Voluntary Disclosure for previously unreported foreign bank accounts