Kirk H. O'Ferrall advises clients on issues involving taxation, employee benefits and executive compensation, and corporate law. With 30 years of practice, Kirk has extensive experience counseling domestic and international corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, not-for profit entities, and individuals. He brings a pragmatic approach to solving complex problems.
In the area of taxation, Kirk regularly advises small and large businesses in structuring new ventures and conducting transactions in a tax-efficient manner. He represents clients in administrative proceedings and litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and state tax authorities and before the United States Tax Court. Representative recent matters include:
Kirk’s employee beneffits and executive compensation practice includes advising clients on creating and administering qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans and equity-based incentive programs. He has extensive experience designing and implementing partnership profits interest plans. He assists clients with submissions under the Internal Revenue Service voluntary compliance program to correct qualified retirement plan document and operational failures. Recent representations include:
Not-for-profit organizations have long been a focus of Kirk's practice. He is involved in all aspects of advising charitable and other not-for-profit entities, from formation and obtaining initial income tax exemptions, to operational issues such as unrelated business income tax, employee compensation, charitable contributions, tax-exempt bond issuances, and compliance with IRS filing and reporting requirements. Recent activities include:
Kirk also assists clients with an array of corporate matters, including formation of start-up businesses, drafting partnership and limited liability company agreements and shareholder agreements, preparing and negotiating employment contracts and separation agreements, and corporate transactions. Recent transactions include:
Prior to joining Zeisler PLLC as a partner in February 2015, Kirk was a partner (August 1998 – January 2014) and associate (January 1987 – July 1998) with Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP.
Kirk earned his undergraduate degree (B.A., 1980) in Political Science and History, and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1984, M.L.T., 1985) where he was a legal research and writing instructor and an editorial board member and graduate student advisor to The Tax Lawyer law review.