Paul Burkett
Shareholder and Treasurer

Paul Burkett is a shareholder in Rath, Young and Pignatelli’s Tax Practice Group and also serves as the Firm’s Treasurer.  His practice focuses on federal and state tax matters, including business transactions, business formation and 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.

Paul works closely with the firm’s Energy Group in structuring alternative energy projects.  Paul assists 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.

Paul is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (B.S., English, 1987).  After his graduation, 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.


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Education and Bar Admissions


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1995
  • United States Naval Academy, B.S., English, 1987

Bar Admissions:

  • New Hampshire
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. 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
  • Member, Board of Directors, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Corporation, 2013-present