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William C. Lentine

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  • Bloomfield Hills

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Bill Lentine is a business attorney with substantial tax and trust and estate experience, who assists both individuals and businesses prepare for today and tomorrow while navigating technical tax issues along the way. Within his trust and estate practice, Bill provides clients with a sense of relief in seeing their intentions carried out. He also helps businesses secure their legacy through succession planning, exit strategy, management planning and tax strategy to maximize potential gains and minimize tax expenses. Part of his unique practice, Bill provides representation for financial and lending institutions regarding 1099 and W2 information return penalties. Clients respect Bill for his honest and direct approach, and note his resourcefulness when helping them plan for their future. An eye for detail, Bill is as fact-driven as possible when drafting agreements and plans so nothing is left to interpretation, ensuring the best outcomes for clients. Establishing connections and cultivating long-term relationships fuel Bill’s appetite for what he does every day – helping people and businesses make strategic decisions that will benefit them today while also benefiting their future.



  • Michigan State University B.A.
  • Michigan State University College of Law J.D. magna cum laude


  • Michigan


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Tax Court

Bar Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    Taxation Section Governing Council, Tax Conference Chair, 2017; Treasurer, 2017-18; Secretary, 2018-19; Vice-Chair, 2019-20; Chair, 2020-21


  • Advises private equity and strategic buyers on acquisitions including structures
  • Counsels many closely held businesses on the buy and sell side of acquisitions including structuring the deal to handling due diligence, closing and post-closing matters
  • Assists businesses with tax issues in a variety of transactions, including choice of entity issues, issuance of incentive ownership to employees, capital formation and cross-border transactions
  • Tax controversy and audit consultations for individuals and businesses
  • Provides counseling for software as a service contracts (SaaS)
  • Lead attorney in a shareholder redemption transaction leading to a buyout of fellow shareholders for an industrial services company
  • Lead attorney with structuring Michigan corporation acquisition by foreign private equity group
  • Experience in Tax Incentive real estate transactions including for New Markets, Historic Tax Credit
  • Experience in advising on tax benefits for Opportunity Zone Funds and investments
  • Structured pooled investment funds in cannabis related ventures and other industries
  • Substantial partnership tax experience through LLCs or general and limited partnerships for acquisitions, real estate ventures and industrial joint ventures

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Tax Law and Trusts and Estates, 2022
  • Named a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2014-18
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit, Tax Law, 2018-22, Trusts and Estates by 2018-21
  • Named to the 2016 Class of Up & Coming Lawyers by Michigan Lawyers Weekly


  • "Personal Property Tax Reform" Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2013
  • "The IRS's Voluntary Classification Settlement Program May Help Michigan Businesses," Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Spring 2012

Legacy Matters


Professional Affiliations

    Tax Division's Corporations and Shareholders Technical Resource Panel, 2010-13
    Joint Trial Board Member, Current
    Vice-Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions Committee

Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Oakland LOXXXII Cornerstone Program Class
  • Detroit Symphony Ochestra, Member - Board of Trustees, 2019-Present

Speaking Engagements

  • "Organizing and Capitalizing Your Business," Cannabis Law Seminar - Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • COVID-19 One Year Later: Employment Issues,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2021
  • “IRC 754 Elections for Tax Counsel: Mastering Structuring Considerations of Basis Adjustments,” Strafford Live CLE/CPE Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • "Qualified Opportunity Fund Partnership Investments Under 1400Z: Special Timing and Deferral Opportunities," Strafford Webinar, August 29, 2019
  • Presenting at Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants monthly meeting group, November 28, 2018
  • "Understanding M&A Deal Documentation," Tax Section: Annual Fundamentals of Taxation Bootcamp, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, October 25, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Pre-Sale Planning, MICPA Anti-Fraud Issues, Litigation & Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions Conference, May 30, 2018, Livonia, Michigan
  • Taxation: Section 280E: Planning & Considerations, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, April 30, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Chair of the Michigan Bar Tax Conference, 30th Anniversary, May 25, 2017
  • Sales and Use Tax Update, Michigan Electric Co-Op, Accounting Association, May 2017

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