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Alvan Bobrow is a partner in Barton’s tax practice. He focuses his practice on state and local, federal, and international taxation for clients in the financial services, manufacturing, e-commerce, entertainment, and media industries.

He advises international companies locating operations in the United States and counsels international and U.S. based businesses on treaty, permanent establishment, and constitutional nexus issues. Alvan has counseled high net worth individuals and celebrities in over 150 residency audits. His criminal defense practice concentrates on the investigations of both individuals and businesses in matters relating to tax fraud, unreported income, and tax shelter abuses.

Prior to going into private practice, Alvan was Vice President and General Tax Counsel for CBS, Inc. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, he advised the board and the C-suite on tax and legal issues in the rapidly evolving sectors and jurisdictions in which the business operated. He has considerable experience working with senior government officials and legislative committees across the country to develop statutory provisions, regulations, and administrative solutions to complex business challenges. He is credited as the principal drafter of the national multi-state income apportionment rules for broadcasters.

Before joining Barton, Alvan was a partner at Akerman LLP and, before that led the National, State and Local tax group as a partner at Mayer Brown.


  • Business Transactions
  • Corporate Formation, Governance, and Compliance
  • Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
  • Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement

Industry Experience:

  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Art, Fashion, Beauty, and Design
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Media and Publishing
  • Real Estate
  • Technology


  • State of New York
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • University of Miami, LL.M. in Taxation
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., Brooklyn Law Review
  • The City University of New York, B.B.A. in Accounting


  • New York City Bar Association, Member
  • New York University, State, and Local Tax Study Group
  • New York State Tax Department Financial Services Modernization Task Force
  • New York State Tax Department Telecommunications / eCommerce Advisory Panel
  • New York City Tax Commissioner’s Advisory Committee
  • International Tax Discussion Group
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New York Bar Associations, Member
  • U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist


  • “How to Successfully Retire.” Speaker. (October 24. 2019).
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls of State Residency Issues and State Tax Allocation Rules. (February 19, 2019).
  • Akerman-Witlmm Residency Selies: East Brunsick, New Jersey, Speaker, ”Beware the Pitfalls of Residency and Allocation.” (May 11, 2018).
  • Akerman-Withum Residency Series: New York City, Speaker, “Beware the Pitfalls of Residency and Allocation.” (May 10, 2018).
  • Akerman-Withum Residency Series: Naples, Florida, Speaker, “Beware the Pitfalls of Residency and Allocation.” (March 1, 2018).
  • Akerman-Withum Residency Series Miami, Speaker. “Beware the Pitfalls of Residency and Allocation.” (February 28, 2018).
  • Akerman-Withum Residency Series West Palm Beach, Florida, Speaker, “Beware the Pitfalls of Residency and Allocation.”(February 27, 2018).
  • “Multistate Sales and Use Tax Update.” TEI Tax School – Houston Chapter. (May 4, 2015).
  • “NYS and NYC Audit and Enforcement Issues.” New York State Taxation Conference. (October 20, 2014).

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