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James J. Gallagher, II

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James J. Gallagher, II maintains a comprehensive business and tax practice that includes the preparation of wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents. In his business practice, Jim counsels and advises clients on business formation and management, including the drafting of operating agreements and stockholder agreements. He is experienced in the preparation, review, and negotiation of documents for the purchase and sale of assets or stock or other equity interests, as well as commercial and employment-related contracts.Through representation of physicians and physician groups, Jim has also developed a thorough understanding of federal and state healthcare regulatory compliance issues, which accentuates his ability to counsel healthcare industry clients on business and tax matters. In his trusts and estates practice, he counsels clients on diverse matters, from implementing transfer tax minimization strategies to understanding the fundamentals of a basic estate plan, such as the use of powers of attorney and healthcare directives, and the coordination of an estate plan with existing retirement plans and insurance policies. In addition to drafting and reviewing trust instruments and utilizing them to address clients’ needs for tax planning, asset protection, and family wealth preservation, Jim is well-versed in estate administration, trust reformation, and the relocation of trusts to Delaware.

Recent Matters

Development of estate plans, including strategies for lifetime gifting and transfer tax minimization that employ limited liability companies, trusts, and other entities

Counseling clients on the uses of Delaware trusts as part of multi-generational transfer planning and in connection with asset protection strategies

Advising owners of closely held business entities on formation, management structure, tax planning, ownership transfer, and succession planning, as well as on the implementation of employment agreements, bonus compensation strategies, and non-compete agreements

Representation of clients in the Court of Chancery for reformation, relocation, and termination of trusts

Advising personal representatives or beneficiaries concerning general matters of estate and trust administration, including estate, gift and income tax issues, and post-mortem planning and tax-saving strategies

Counseling joint owners of real property on the use of business entities to provide efficient management and maintenance of the shared property

Advising nonprofit organizations on management issues and applying for federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption

Professional Affiliations

Delaware State Bar Association

  • Section of Taxation, Chair, 2013-2014

  • Estates and Trusts Section

  • Health Law Section

American Bar Association

  • Taxation

  • Business Law

  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

  • Health Law

Wilmington Tax Group
Estate Planning Council of Delaware
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Tax Committee

Community Affiliations

Home Owners of Edgewood Hills, Board Member and Secretary

Practice areas


University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Associate Editor


Delaware, 2004

New Jersey, 2011

Pennsylvania, 2011


Villanova University School of Law, LL.M., 2010

University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2004

Wake Forest University, B.S., cum laude, 1998