Of Counsel


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Vanessa Carnes joined Nolan Sheehan Patten in 2014.  Her practice extends to tax advice and planning for businesses (both for-profit and tax-exempt organizations) in connection with a wide variety of business transactions, including structuring, documentation of routine and complex partnership and corporate transactions, and analysis of complex tax issues arising in those transactions. Most recently, Vanessa has focused on representing investors, syndicators and developers in connection with federal and state tax credit transactions, including low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, and new markets tax credits. 


Prior to joining Nolan Sheehan Patten, Vanessa was a junior partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and Of Counsel in the tax groups of Boston law firms Goulston & Storrs PC and Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP. Vanessa began her career in Philadelphia where she practiced at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP and 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 homeless individuals through the Lawyers Clearinghouse

  • 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