Craig E. Behrenfeld

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601 Bayshore Boulevard, Suite 700
Tampa, Florida 33606
Phone: (813) 250-6056
Fax: (813) 354-4509

Craig is a partner in the firm’s Tax and Business Law departments, and is a former managing partner of the firm.  Craig also serves on the firm’s executive committee.  Prior to joining the firm in 1996, Craig was an associate attorney in the tax department at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City. Craig represents individuals and business entities in matters involving structuring and negotiating acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, divisions, joint ventures, executive compensation, and corporate and partnership law. Craig also assists corporations with federal income taxation, forms partnerships and limited liability companies, handles tax audit and controversy matters involving the Internal Revenue Service and the Florida Department of Revenue and appears before the Internal Revenue Service regarding matters such as applications for private letter rulings and technical advice memoranda. Craig was previously an Adjunct Professor of Law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, where he taught courses in corporate taxation and federal income tax practice and procedure.  Craig was the coach of Stetson’s Tax Moot Court Team, which won the national championship in 2006 and 2007, and reached the finals in 2008. Craig is a frequent speaker and writer, and was a contributing author for The Accountant’s Business Manual, published by the AICPA, with responsibility for the chapters on corporations, S corporations, limited liability companies and IRS practice and procedure. Craig is a past president of the New York University Alumni Club of Florida, and received the New York University 2010 Alumni Meritorious Service Award.

Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Tax Law


  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., cum laude, 1988)
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1991, Order of the Coif)
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. in taxation, 1993)

Prior Work Experience

  • Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, NY.  Tax Associate 1991 – 1996.


  • New York State Bar (1991)
  • The Florida Bar (1992)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1992)
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims (1995)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (1995)

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Stetson University College of Law (2005-2010)

Professional Associations

  • The Florida Bar (Tax Section, Business Law Section)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • New York State Bar Association (Tax Section)


  • “Changes to IRS Form 990 – What Every Lawyer Needs to Know,” HCBA Lawyer (December 2009)
  • “Employer-owned Life Insurance After the Pension Protection Act of 2006,” The Florida Bar Journal (February 2009)
  • “The Accountants Business Manual,” American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, contributing author
  • “Tax Practice Management,” American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, contributing author
  • “Entity Selection Revisited: Will Gitlitz Provide Continuing Vitality for S Corporations,” The Florida Bar Journal (June 2001)
  • “The Return of the Student Loan Interest Deduction,” HCBA Lawyer (September 1998)
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