Carolyn M. Osteen

Retired Partner

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  • LLM, Duke University School of Law, 1970
  • LLB, Duke University School of Law, 1966

Qualifications

  • North Carolina, 1966
  • Massachusetts, 1971
  • Past Chairman of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Tax Section and of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Boston Bar Association
  • Member of the Board of Visitors, Duke University School of Law
  • Member of the Advancement Committee of the Trustees of Reservations
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Director, Historic Boston, Incorporated
  • Trustee, Boston Athenaeum
  • Trustee, New England Wildflower Society
  • The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2014)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004-2011)
  • The 1998 David Donaldson Award from the Planned Giving Group of New England in recognition of service to the planned giving community

Carolyn M. Osteen

Retired Partner

Carolyn was a partner in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray until her retirement in 2008. She retired as a consultant in 2014.

She joined the firm in 1970 and her practice focused on exempt organizations, including representation of a number of colleges, universities, museums, and hospitals. She speaks regularly on issues of charitable giving and tax and corporate problems of tax‑exempt organizations.

Experience

Carolyn is the co‑author of the "Harvard Manual ‑ Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving" last published in its 8th Edition as well as co‑author of the BNA portfolio, "Charitable Contributions for Corporations." She has served as a member of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Public Charities Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and has served as a Regent of the American College of Tax Counsel and on the Governing Council of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association.