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Atlanta Business, Tax & Estate Planning Lawyers

Providing Legal Expertise to Metro Atlanta Business Owners and Families for over 20 Years

Let Our Lawyers Guide You Through the Most Complex Legal Areas and Demystify the Process So You Can Reach Your Goals

Legal matters can be complicated, but in the hands of highly qualified, experienced and trusted professionals, the complex can be made simple. The goal of the Atlanta business, tax & estate planning lawyers at MendenFreiman is to work closely with clients so that we can understand their needs, advise them accordingly and provide expert assistance to help them achieve their goals. Our firm employs sophisticated legal strategies for individual business owners to maximize their business potential and plan for the future while working to grow and preserve wealth, minimize taxes and protect themselves and their families. Clients enjoy peace of mind knowing that the right decisions have been made and the proper strategies put in place to help them reach their goals.

MendenFreiman represents small and medium-sized businesses, in particular family-owned and closely held businesses and franchisees, helping them with all their business legal needs. Additionally, MendenFreiman helps the individual business owners protect their valuable business interests through estate planning, tax planning and asset protection strategies. The firm’s expertise extends across all the following areas:

  • Business Law – From business entity formation through business succession planning, MendenFreiman provides advice and representation for all types of business transactions, including commercial lending and real estate, franchise law and risk management. Think of MendenFreiman as your outside general counsel, here to serve you whenever you need assistance with a legal issue.
  • Taxation – Tax law is an area of focus for many of the attorneys at the firm, with expertise in tax controversy and planning.  Whether you have a specific taxation legal issue or just need to know that your business and estate planning needs will be conducted with a careful eye toward tax law matters, MendenFreiman has you covered.
  • Estate Planning – With a special eye toward the unique needs of the business owner, we draft the necessary wills, trusts and other legal documents to ensure your healthcare and financial needs are met during your lifetime, while protecting assets and preserving wealth for future generations.
  • Probate and Trust Administration – MendenFreiman represents executors, trustees, fiduciaries, family members and beneficiaries in the myriad of tasks required to properly settle an estate. With our assistance, probate and estate administration can be conducted smoothly and efficiently, giving full effect to the intentions of testators and grantors in a timely manner.

Conference RoomA boutique firm headquartered in Atlanta and founded in 1997, MendenFreiman boasts a distinguished roster of highly rated attorneys recognized in Georgia and throughout the southeastern United States. Our lawyers have been selected for accolades such as Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The firm has been awarded the highest and most prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from the renowned Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, as well as the Five Star Wealth Manager Award.

Among law firms practicing in the Atlanta metro area, MendenFreiman is unique. In addition to being skilled and accomplished in the practice of law, all of our attorneys have strong, professional backgrounds in their areas of expertise. Our tax attorneys are former CPAs or hold a Master of Laws in taxation; our business attorneys have MBA degrees or backgrounds in the corporate world. This practical, real-world experience helps us to intimately understand your needs and goals, and serve not just as your outside general counsel, but also as your trusted advisor whenever you may need us.

A Commitment to Excellence in Client Service

Contact Our Experienced Atlanta Business, Tax & Estate Planning Lawyers

MendenFreiman has made a commitment to provide uncompromising, quality legal services to its clients. Our attorneys are trusted advisors who listen to our clients and truly care about their success. By treating our clients with compassion and respect, and always striving for efficient, clear communication, MendenFreiman has fostered long-term client relationships that serve as a testament to the firm’s dedication to providing high-quality legal services at fair prices that meet client needs and help them achieve their goals. Get started today, and find out how the Atlanta business, tax & estate planning lawyers of MendenFreiman can help you. Call 770-379-1450 to start the conversation.

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For over two decades, MendenFreiman has strived to provide our clients with outstanding service. We are pleased to share the following client testimonials and other endorsements about our firm.

  • "During my company’s sale transaction, Larry, Max, and the entire MendenFreiman team did an outstanding job representing our interests, going toe-to-toe with a large, international law firm. I’m delighted with the outcome and am grateful to the entire firm – what a high-quality experience."

    – Vince F.
  • "When on the other side of a recent business transaction, I noticed how well prepared and professional the MendenFreiman team was. Everyone was extremely knowledgeable. I wanted to be sure I positioned my future with George and his team. It’s just not a bunch of lawyers; it’s lawyers (people) that truly care about our wellbeing."

    – John & Mindy C.
  • "Larry has a legal vs. a partner perspective. He gets personally involved, is always very accessible, gets it done and meets his commitments. Larry has learned how I think on a corporate level. He has chosen colleagues that also have that skill. Through his understanding, he is able to advise me in a very productive way."

    – David S.
  • "George takes care of his clients the way I would take care of them. He thinks ahead and provides a level of service that you can’t get anywhere else. The firm has a very seasoned and experienced staff. Referrals are very pleased because of the experience of how they are taken care of."

    – Mary Ellen G.
  • "Very responsive to our needs in a short time; they were knowledgeable and careful to listen, offering new strategies and options for our planning that addressed potential changes in the tax law. They explained concepts in layman’s language with effective graphs, were thorough in their document work and demonstrated great perseverance."

    – Carol & Lenore M.
  • "Your firm hands down was the best to work with in dealing with year-end client planning. This is in terms of client service, capabilities, creativity and your ability to distill all the planning and technical issues into usable information for the CPAs. Hands down the best in town!"

    – Partner at Large Accounting Firm
  • "George and his team were both professional and patient as they explained the complexities of estate planning. Their flow charts and diagrams were particularly helpful to us."

    – Bill C.
  • "Highly recommended by SunTrust Bank and my CPA firm, Smith & Howard, P.C., the firm performed with excellence and kindness under the pressures of urgency and haste."

    – Marjorie K.
  • "Working with the firm was a very positive experience. Everyone was efficient, knowledgeable and very personable. I felt that I counted as a person, not just revenue."

    – Sheryl B.
  • "You will be in great hands. George Menden saved me. He repositioned the business. He got financials and spread sheets, sold four commercial buildings as well as residential properties. George is very well educated, has a wonderful work ethic and is a very hard worker. He has become a dear friend."

    – Kathy H.
  • "After many years as a client, my experience is all positive. The firm is very responsive and knowledgeable. They have strength in estate planning. My wife is very comfortable with the firm, which is very important to me. I have referred the firm to others a number of times."

    – David T.
  • "It has been a pleasure working with George. I deeply appreciated his ability to take on planning for my client at such a late hour. I especially wanted to point out how much I enjoyed working with paralegal Amanda McDaniel in this process. She represented the firm with professionalism, thoughtfulness and kindness."

    – Donn S.
Our Attorneys
  • Lance G. <br>Einstein
  • Lawrence H. <br>Freiman
  • Nathan T. <br>Johns
  • Roger A. <br>Kirschenbaum
  • Jeffrey J. <br>Meek
  • Christopher A. <br>Steele
  • Robert H. Harris II
  • Janet E. <br>Fortune
  • George D. <br>Menden
  • James A. <br>Tramonte
  • Harrison <br>B. Alex
  • L. Ashley <br>Duel
  • Kristen M. <br>Nugent
  • Shunta V. <br>McBride
  • Matthew S. <br>Paolillo
  • Cassandra L. <br>Tuchscher
  • Audrey S. <br>Jouve
Lance G. Einstein Co-Managing Partner

Lance Einstein is a partner in MendenFreiman’s tax controversy, tax planning and compliance, and estate planning practice areas. He joined the firm in 2019 and has extensive experience representing clients that have controversies and compliance issues with the Internal Revenue Service and various state tax agencies.

Lawrence H. Freiman Co-Managing Partner

A cofounding partner of the firm, Larry Freiman has practiced law since 1993 and focuses his practice in the areas of tax planning, business law, estate planning and estate administration. He routinely advises private business owners on the tax and business implications of complex transactions, restructuring strategies and partnership agreements where multiple partners and businesses are represented.

Nathan T. Johns Partner

Nathan Johns is a partner in MendenFreiman’s business and general outside counsel practice area. He joined MendenFreiman in 2013 and previously practiced with Foltz Martin, LLC. Nathan is a strategic advocate providing outside general counsel services and regularly represents private entities on business and transaction structuring, mergers and acquisitions, capital investment and financing.

Roger A. Kirschenbaum Partner

Roger Kirschenbaum is a partner in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, trust and estate administration and business practice areas. His primary areas of practice include estate planning, probate and estate administration, general corporate and business law, and related tax-planning matters. He primarily works with high-net-worth clients and owners of closely held businesses to devise plans that achieve both fundamental and complex estate-related goals.

Jeffrey J. Meek Partner

As partner, Jeff Meek focuses his practice on business law, trust, tax and estate planning, and asset protection. He joined MendenFreiman in 2015 and was previously a senior associate attorney at Sanders Legal Group LLC. Jeff provides comprehensive legal counsel on business, tax and estate planning matters to high-net-worth individuals and families, as well as privately held businesses.

Christopher A. Steele Partner

Christopher Steele is a partner in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, tax, estate administration, and business law practice areas. He serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families, and business owners. He takes pride in building strong relationships with financial advisors, accounting firms, and family offices to ensure clients receive a comprehensive approach to their planning.

Robert (bo) H. Harris II Partner

Bo Harris is a partner in MendenFreiman’s estate planning and trust, estate administration and business practice areas. He joined the firm in 2018 and specializes in tax planning for individuals and business entities and provides clients with advanced strategies in estate planning.

Janet E. Fortune Of Counsel (Partner Emeritus)

A partner emeritus in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, trust and estate administration practice areas, Janet Fortune has more than 30 years’ experience in administration of trusts and estates and the legal questions surrounding their drafting and management.

George D. Menden Of Counsel (Retired Co-Founder)

George D. Menden is a cofounding partner of MendenFreiman LLP. His practice focuses on the areas of business law, business tax planning, wealth planning, wills, trusts and asset protection. His expertise in highly complex midmarket transactions, combined with his extensive knowledge of business, tax and estate planning, provides his clients with world-class representation and wealth transfer strategies.

James (Jim) A. Tramonte Of Counsel

Jim Tramonte is Of Counsel in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, estate administration, tax, and business law practice areas. He joined the firm in 2021 and limits his practice to counseling closely held businesses and high net worth individuals on asset protection, wealth preservation, succession planning and income and estate/gift tax planning.

Harrison (Harry) B. Alex Associate

Harry Alex is an associate in MendenFreiman’s tax controversy practice area. Prior to joining MendenFreiman, Harry was a tax associate at Grant Thornton’s Atlanta office. He regularly worked with clients in preparing tax filings, developing an understanding for explaining the intricacies of the forms, and identifying potential pitfalls in the filing process.

L. Ashley Duel Senior Associate

Ashley Duel is a senior associate in MendenFreiman’s tax controversy and collection, tax planning, estate planning and trust, and business law practice areas. She joined the firm in 2019 and has experience which includes negotiating offers in compromise, filing requests for innocent spouse relief, establishing installment agreements, releasing federal and state tax liens, and representing individuals and businesses during administrative ...

Kristen M. Nugent Counsel

Kristen Nugent is Counsel in MendenFreiman’s business law and tax planning practice areas. She joined the firm in 2020 and provides legal counsel to small and medium-sized businesses on a variety of corporate and transactional matters, including general corporate counsel representation, entity structuring and corporate governance, entertainment law matters, intellectual property and other licensing agreements, and employment law and policy.

Shunta V. McBride Counsel

Shunta McBride is Counsel in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, trust and estate administration, tax planning, and business law practice areas. She joined the firm in 2022 and has a knack for explaining the unfamiliar and navigating clients through what they often perceive as uncharted territory in the area of wills, probate and real estate — and in particular, heirs’ property. She is skilled at crafting solutions that are well tailored for her clients and shows thoughtful consideration in identifying a clear path forward for new engagements.

Matthew (Matt) S. Paolillo Senior Associate

Matt Paolillo is an associate in MendenFreiman’s tax controversy and collection, tax planning, business law, and estate planning practice areas. He joined the firm in 2019 and has experience representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service as well as various state tax authorities.

Cassandra (Casey) L. Tuchscher Associate

Casey Tuchscher is an associate in MendenFreiman’s tax controversy and collection and tax planning practice areas. She joined the firm in 2019 and is proficient in conducting extensive research on various civil and tax law matters and at evaluating and assessing complicated tax law issues. Casey enjoys helping clients better understand the laws that govern taxation and what is required of them to remain in compliance.

Audrey S. Jouve Associate

Audrey Jouve is an associate in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, trust and estate administration, tax planning, and business law practice areas. She joined the firm in 2022 and focuses on drafting estate planning documents to meet each client’s unique needs and goals. In addition, she helps guide clients through the probate and estate administration processes with varying levels of involvement based on situational needs.

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Recent Firm News Newspapers

Exciting things are always happening at MendenFreiman, as the firm and its attorneys make news in the Georgia legal community.

  • MendenFreiman LLP Ranked in 2023 “Best Law Firms”
    November 3, 2022

    U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, for the 13th consecutive year, announce the U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings. MendenFreiman [...]

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  • National Estate Planning Awareness Week: Having a Conversation with Your Family About Their Estate Plan
    October 18, 2022

    In 2008, Congress recognized the need for the public to understand the importance and benefits of estate planning by passing [...]

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  • REMINDER: Internal Revenue Service Provides Broad-Based Penalty Relief For Certain 2019/2020 Tax Returns Due To The Pandemic
    September 21, 2022

    $1.2 billion in penalties being refunded to 1.6 million taxpayers To help struggling taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the [...]

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  • MendenFreiman Attorneys/Firm Recognized By Chambers High Net-Worth And Best Lawyers®
    August 18, 2022

    Chambers High Net-Worth 2022 Recognizes MendenFreiman and Lawrence H. Freiman Chambers High Net-Worth (HNW), a publication specifically aimed at the [...]

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  • MendenFreiman Welcomes Shunta V. McBride To The Firm As Counsel
    June 16, 2022

    MendenFreiman LLP is pleased to announce that Shunta V. McBride has joined the firm as Counsel in its estate planning, [...]

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  • The MendenFreiman Advisor – Summer 2022 Issue
    June 7, 2022

    Click here to read our Summer newsletter. Included in this issue: Celebrating MendenFreiman's 25th Anniversary This year marks the 25th [...]

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  • MendenFreiman LLP Named To University Of Florida 2022 Gator100
    May 2, 2022

    MendenFreiman LLP was named to the University of Florida’s 2022 Gator100 during a ceremony on April 22 on UF’s campus.  [...]

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  • The MendenFreiman Advisor – Spring 2022 Issue
    March 24, 2022

    Click here to read our Spring newsletter. Included in this issue: Understanding the Employee Retention Credit for 2020 and 2021 [...]

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  • What You Need To Know To Retire
    March 21, 2022

    Co-Managing Partner, Lance G. Einstein, recently contributed to an Atlanta Jewish Times article that provides important advice on preparing yourself for [...]

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  • MendenFreiman Welcomes Audrey S. Jouve To The Firm
    March 9, 2022

    MendenFreiman LLP is pleased to announce that Audrey S. Jouve has joined the firm as an Associate in its estate [...]

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