Bari Zahn, Esq.

Personal Information

  • Position: Special Counsel
  • Practice Area: Taxation
  • Phone: 212-203-3255
  • Email:

Professional Experience

Bari acts as Special International Tax Counsel to FRB and has spent over 20 years practicing at some of the most prestigious global law firms in New York. She is also the Founder of the Zahn Law Group. Of late, Ms. Zahn was the Managing Partner of a boutique, cross-border, Chinese-owned law firm and was the Managing Director of a boutique wealth management firm.

Ms. Zahn operates as a tax attorney, business advisor and general counsel and has represented a broad array of multinational clients on U.S. and cross-border transactions across all industry sectors. Along with her work at FRB, she works as Outside General Counsel at Hughes Energy Group and as Tax Consultant to Andesi CPA. She has supervised legal teams worldwide and has extensive management experience as the Founder, former CEO and General Counsel of a nonprofit organization.

Ms. Zahn handles complex legal tax structuring matters, employment law, and cross-border transactions. She advises high-net-worth clients and families on cross-border trust and estate tax planning, business succession, and life and legacy planning. Ms. Zahn has represented Fortune 500 companies, CEOs, COOs, and other C-Suite executives on general corporate, employment, tax, real estate, and other business matters.

Ms. Zahn started her legal career at the United States Tax Court, where she clerked for the Honorable Carolyn Miller Parr from 1996 to 1998. While at her former firms, Ms. Zahn’s practice focused on a broad spectrum of U.S. and cross-border transactions, including stock and asset acquisitions, tax-free mergers, recapitalizations and similar corporate reorganizations. She also handled tax controversy matters, including the representation of clients before the IRS and the New York Taxing Authorities.


  • Brooklyn Law School – Juris Doctor
  • New York University – Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • The Supreme Court of the United States

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of the City of New York

Selected Publications

  • “Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, February 2009
  • “Canadian Companies—Act Now to Ensure Deferred Compensation Arrangements Comply with U.S. Tax Laws Under Section 409A,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, vol. 19, no. 6, Federated Press, Toronto, September/October 2008
  • “Corporate Governance: American Jobs Creation Act,” Lexpert, April 1, 2005
  • “The Potential Effect of the American Jobs Creation Act,” co-authored with Christina Medland, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, Federated Press, Toronto, December/January 2005


  • SmartCEO’s Brava Award, 2015, celebrating top female CEOs who combine entrepreneurial spirit with their passion for giving back to their community.
  • Brooklyn Law School, 2014 LGBT Community Activism Award
  • New York State Bar Association’s Empire State Counsel, Pro Bono Award
  • New York City Council Proclamation: For Outstanding Community Service, as Founder of Living Beyond Belief HIV/AIDS Youth Education Non-profit
  • Honored NY1 News New Yorker of the Week for AIDS awareness work among teens in the city, interviewed – June 24, 2005

Areas of Concentration

  • Corporate and Securities – Securities Compliance
  • Taxation – International
  • Taxation – Planning, Structuring and Compliance

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