A. L. (Lorry) Spitzer

Retired Partner

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  • JD, magna cum laude, Boston College Law School, 1981
  • BA, Yale University, 1974

Qualifications

  • Massachusetts, 1981
  • Co-chair of annual Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Nonprofit Law Conference
  • Co-chair of the College and University Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Tax Section
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Boston Non-Profit / Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2016)
  • Legal 500 (2015-2017)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014-2017)

A. L. (Lorry) Spitzer

Retired Partner

Lorry was a partner in the tax and benefits group at Ropes & Gray. He retired at the end of 2017, after 35 years of service to the firm. Lorry's practice focused on the taxation of nonprofit organizations, especially colleges, universities and health-care organizations. Lorry previously worked for the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Treasury in Washington, D.C., where he dealt primarily with issues involving tax-exempt organizations and partnership taxation. Lorry has written and spoken extensively regarding tax-exempt organizations and has taught courses as an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School on tax-exempt organizations and on tax policy. He is a graduate of Yale College and Boston College Law School (magna cum laude).

Publications

Recent published work includes: 

  • Brittany Cvetanovich, A.L. Spitzer and Benjamin A. Davidson, “'Just Put It in My Research Account': Transfers of RSA Rights,” Tax Notes (December 18, 2017) 
  • Brittany Cvetanovich, A.L. Spitzer and Benjamin A. Davidson, “Taxation of University Royalty Sharing Agreements,” Tax Notes (May 29, 2017)
  • The Tax Reform Act of 2015:  10 Principles and 1 Hope  (Tax Notes, Vol. 146, Number 4 – January 26, 2015)
  • Are Student-Athletes Winning Their Battles but Losing the (Tax) War? (Tax Notes, Vol. 146, Number 2 – January 12, 2015)
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