John L. Berger Partner

New Jersey
T 973.597.2314 | F 973.597.2315

John L. Berger has extensive experience in federal income taxation and estate planning, including planning for both closely held and public corporations. He counsels clients in connection with reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, redemptions, financings, and other transactions. John is a Partner of the firm's Tax practice group.

John's business practice also includes advising start-up business ventures about choice of entity. He has extensive experience in the field of state taxation, having represented clients before taxing authorities and litigated tax controversies.

John also practices complex estate planning with particular emphasis on integrated estate, gift and income tax planning for owners of closely held businesses, the utilization of life insurance as part of the estate plan and the use of generation-skipping trusts.

Other Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America (2010-2018)


New Jersey Repeals Its Estate Tax
Trusts & Estates Client Alert, October 17, 2016
John Berger, Michael Gooen, Warren Racusin, Michael Vito
Victory for Taxpayers: Court Restricts New Jersey’s Ability to Tax Trust Income
Trusts & Estates Client Alert, June 2, 2015
John Berger, Warren Racusin, Bridget Harris
The Tax Relief Act of 2010: Key Business and Individual Income Tax Provisions and Incentives
Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February 2011
Kenneth Slutsky, John Berger, Michael Gooen, Brian Silikovitz
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Press Mentions

In a New York Times article, John Berger comments on why it sometimes is beneficial for parents to discuss their estate plans with their adult children. , The New York Times , March 4, 2010
John L. Berger's trusts and estates practice is highlighted in an article about the importance of estate planning. , The New York Times , February 26, 2009

Related Areas

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Trusts & Estates


New York University ( L.L.M , 1991 ) , in Taxation
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California ( J.D. , 1982 )
University of Rochester ( B.A. , 1978 ) , magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New Jersey


  • New Jersey State Bar Association