David C. Guarino

Of Counsel

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David is Of Counsel to McLaughlinQuinn and practices in the firm’s Tax Planning and Tax Resolution practice groups. David concentrates his practice on the overlap of tax and estate planning issues, and frequently includes the integration of special needs planning with traditional estate plans. He assists clients with selecting the appropriate estate plans for their families and financial circumstances.

David also counsels individuals and businesses on a wide variety of tax matters. David has assisted many clients with resolving controversies with the IRS and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Prior to law school, David worked as a Tax Examiner for the IRS. Prior to joining McLaughlinQuinn, David served as chair of the tax practice of a large Massachusetts law firm.

David has presented publicly on a number of estate planning and tax issues, on topics ranging from planning for special needs in multigenerational estate plans to minimizing the imposition of estate taxes. He has also presented at educational seminars for accountants and attorneys.

Representative Matters:

  • Works with clients and their advisors to establish the estate plans appropriate for the clients’ circumstances
  • Has significant experience in drafting special needs trusts and integrating them into clients’ estate plans
  • Has significant experience in using qualified personal residence trusts, charitable remainder trusts, private foundations, and other sophisticated planning techniques
  • Serves as professional trustee for a number of clients
  • Represents clients in IRS estate tax audits, including the successful contest of a proposed estate tax assessment in excess of $1 million
  • Represents clients in IRS gift tax audits, including the successful contest of a proposed gift tax assessment in excess of $400,000
  • Represents clients in income and excise audits, including the successful settlement of a Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board case that resulted in the client’s meals tax assessment being reduced by over $100,000
  • Assists many clients in connection with the reduction or elimination of tax penalties
  • Represents clients in connection with the formation and operation of non-profit entities

Bar Memberships:

  • Massachusetts
  • California (Inactive)
  • United States Tax Court

Honors and Community Involvement:

  • Beta Gamma Sigma, M.B.A. honor society
  • Member of Board of Directors, Community Harvest Project
  • Member and former Chairman of Board of Directors, Better Business Bureau Foundation of Central New England
  • Former Chair of Board of Directors, Matthew 25, Inc.
  • Former Member of Board of Directors, Thrive, Inc.
  • Former Chair, Town of Carlisle Finance Committee


  • Suffolk University, M.B.A. with concentration in finance
  • University of San Diego School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation
  • University of San Diego School of Law, J.D.
  • Boston College, B.A. in Mathematics

Seminars and Publications:

  • Massachusetts Society of CPAs, Planning for Real Estate
  • National Business Institute, Grantor Trusts
  • National Business Institute, Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • National Business Institute, Spendthrift Trusts and Creditor Protection
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, ABLE Accounts and Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Numerous CPE Seminars for CPAs
  • Numerous MCLE Seminars for Attorneys