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Vanessa Carnes represents investors, syndicators and developers in connection with complex structuring, tax analysis, and written opinions for tax credit transactions, including projects financed by low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits and new markets tax credits. Vanessa also provides tax advice and planning for exempt organizations and for-profit businesses and their owners in connection with a wide variety of business transactions, including formation, structuring and documentation of routine and complex partnership and corporate transactions. Vanessa has also represented corporations in connection with the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions and reorganization transactions, and businesses on the design and implementation of equity incentive compensation plans for new and existing business ventures, including analysis of 409A issues, as well as general tax planning for executives in negotiating or upon receipt of equity incentive compensation. 


Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten, Vanessa was a member of the tax groups of Boston laws firms Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Goulston & Storrs PC and Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP.  Vanessa began her career in Philadelphia where she was a member of the corporate tax department at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and a tax associate at Stradley Ronan Stevens & Young LLP.


  • Villanova University School of Law (L.L.M. in Taxation 1996) 

  • Villanova University School of Law (J.D. 1994)

  • Villanova University, Villanova School of Business (B.S. cum laude 1991)


  • Pennsylvania (1994)

  • New Jersey (1994)

  • Massachusetts (1995)

  • Federal Tax Court (1996)

Community Service and Professional Activities

  • Pro bono representation of clients of Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

  • Pro bono representation of tax exempt organizations

  • Member of the Tax Section and the Affordable Housing Section of the American Bar Association

  • Member of the Tax Section, Tax Exempt Organizations Section and Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association

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