Bruce W. Tigani chairs the Morris James' Tax, Estates & Business Practice Group. With a law career spanning over 30 years, he maintains a broad-based business, tax, healthcare and real estate practice. In providing clients an integrated focus to both transactional and planning aspects essential to their needs, Bruce delivers a coordinated and comprehensive approach to representation of regionally based closely-held businesses, professional practices, and individuals.
In addition, Bruce counsels clients across the country seeking to take advantage of the unique opportunities Delaware offers trusts, corporations, and alternative entities. He also represents clients, nationally and internationally, on complex aspects of carried interest programs and tax equalization analysis, including related dispute resolution of claims.
Bruce’s practice includes representation of companies and individuals in the areas of stock & asset acquisitions; strategic business & succession planning; tax planning & controversies; healthcare law & medical practices, including regulatory and practice integration strategies; wealth transfer & estate planning, including dynasty and other Delaware-advantaged trusts; real estate acquisition & financing; estate and trust administration; structuring and formation of corporations & alternative entities; and commercial transactions.
With a broad background bridging the planning, transactional and advisory needs of his clients through the years, Bruce handles associated government relations matters as a registered lobbyist. He has been instrumental in the drafting and passage of key legislation relating to Delaware businesses and trusts, as well as professional service corporations and the promotion of efficient delivery of healthcare by medical practitioners.
Bruce’s multidisciplinary experience and proactive approach underscores the integrated alignment of his clients’ personal and business-related tax, commercial, and estate planning objectives.
Bruce is admitted to practice in Delaware and Pennsylvania, as well as the U.S. Tax Court.
Delaware State Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Chair 1992-93
Delaware State Bar Association, Estates & Trusts Section, Chair 1997-98
Delaware State Bar Association, Real & Personal Property Section
American Bar Association, Sections of Business Law, Taxation, Health Law, and Real Property, Probate & Trust Law
Wilmington Tax Group, Chair 1998-99
Estate Planning Council of Delaware, Board Member 1997-2000
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark, DE, Residence and Healthcare Facility, Board Member
Società da Vinci, Board Member and Immediate Past President
The charitable Italian cultural heritage organization that presents Vendemmia da Vinci, a celebration on the Wilmington Riverfront of the centuries old tradition of the Italian grape harvest
High level executives of Fortune 100 company, in varying capacities, including negotiation of terms of continued employment with successor company acquiring subsidiary, and pursuit of claims to enforce certain contractual rights accruing prior to termination
Acquisition of manufacturer and distributor of companion products throughout North and Central America to vertically integrate product line of client’s existing business
Comprehensive strategic planning and transactional matters for medical practice groups concerning growth, geographical expansion and favorable positioning for the future of the healthcare industry
Workout of large unsecured loan portfolio on behalf of lender to preserve its loan position in real estate assets, then effectively and tax-efficiently obtain title to project by deed in lieu of foreclosure procedure
Acquisition of Delaware’s largest radiology practice, including numerous real estate holdings, on behalf of California-based client
News & Media Mentions
- August 16, 2016Best Lawyers®
- August 18, 2015
- November 18, 2014
- August 18, 2014
- February 26, 2014
- August 15, 2013Best Lawyers® 2014
- May 15, 2013
- August 30, 2012
- August 31, 2011
- October 15, 2010
- August 4, 2010
- December 8, 2008
Clients indicate they can relate to Bruce because he thinks more like a businessman who happens to be a lawyer . . . so the sound legal advice he provides also makes good sense from their perspective.
- Business Transactions, Strategic Planning and Counseling
- Commercial Transactions
- Corporate Advice
- Delaware Advantage Trusts
- Elder Law and Disability Planning
- Healthcare Industry Team
- Personal Tax Advice and Planning
- Real Estate
- Succession Planning
- Tax Advice for Businesses and Owners
- Tax, Estates and Business Practice
- Trusts and Estates
Best Lawyers®, 2011-2017
Delaware Today®, "Top Lawyers", 2008
Martindale Hubbell, AV Rating
United States District Court, District of Delaware
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Tax Court
Villanova University School of Law, J.D.,1981
University of Delaware, B.S., magna cum laude, 1978
Prior to joining Morris James, Bruce chaired the Business Practice Group of a regional law firm based in Philadelphia, PA, with offices in Wilmington.
Chair of the Business Practice Group of the regionally-based firm of Gollatz, Griffin & Ewing, P.C.
Managing Partner, Werb, Tigani, Hood & Sullivan