Paul A. Burkett

Shareholder and Treasurer


Paul is a shareholder in Rath, Young and Pignatelli’s Tax Practice Group and serves as the firm’s Treasurer. His practice focuses on federal and state tax matters, including business transactions, business formation, tax compliance, tax legislation, and tax audits. Paul represents all forms of business entities (C and S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, and sole proprietorships) in every aspect of federal and state tax law. Paul also represents non-profit corporations in formation and tax compliance matters, and advises political campaigns and action committees on compliance with state and federal campaign finance laws.

Working closely with the firm’s Energy Group, Paul structures alternative energy project developers and investors in maximizing the value they can realize from tax credits, accelerated depreciation, and other tax attributes of biomass, landfill gas, wind, solar, cogeneration, and other alternative and renewable energy projects. Such credits include the Section 45 and Section 48 energy tax credits.

After his graduation from the United States Naval Academy, Paul served the country as a nuclear submarine officer, completing five strategic deterrent patrols on board the U.S.S. Will Rogers. Paul was twice awarded the Navy Achievement Medal.

Paul A. Burkett

Shareholder and Treasurer

Education and Bar Admissions


  • United States Naval Academy, B.S.
  • University of Virginia, J.D.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Hampshire
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • United States Tax Court

Representative Matters

  • Representing privately held energy companies, investors, and lenders in developing and structuring alternative and renewable energy projects, including tax-monetization transactions to capture the benefits provided by the Section 45 and Section 48 energy tax credits.

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, Cabin John Park Volunteer Park Volunteer, Fire Department, Bethesda, MD (2022 – present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Corporation (2013 – present)


  • Presenter, 36th Annual NHSCPA Tax Forum, 2018
  • Treasurer, Kuster for Congress, Inc., 2010-2015
  • Awarded twice – Navy Achievement Medal

Awards and Recognitions