Joel Scharfstein

Joel Scharfstein

  • Of Counsel
  • Tax
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8172
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Joel Scharfstein joined the Firm in 1977 and was a tax partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office from 1984 to 2013.  In March 2013, he became of counsel upon his retirement as a partner.

Mr. Scharfstein's practice focuses on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and divestitures, partnership transactions, investment partnerships and restructurings.

He has published numerous tax related articles that have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including: NYU Institute on Federal Taxation; The Tax Lawyer; PLI Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spinoffs, Financings, Reorganizations and Restructurings; and PLI Tax Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures and other Strategic Alliances.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Scharfstein has been recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Tax, and has been recognized by Legal 500 in Tax: East Coast.

Professional Associations

Member, Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association

Co-chair, New York State Bar Association, Committee on Complexity and Administrability

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

New York

Practices & Industries


University of Michigan Law School, JD – 1977
Harvard University, AM – 1972
Columbia University, AB – 1969
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