Michael W. Barill
(304) 598-8115, (614) 221-5100
Office: Morgantown, Columbus
LL.M. Emory University
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: OH | PA | WV
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Mike Barill focuses his practice in taxation, and trust and estate administration.  He has significant experience in estate planning, estate administration, fiduciary litigation, taxpayer representation before the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Tax Court, corporate and partnership taxation, retirement planning, and merger structuring and reorganizations.  He is the leader of the firm's Tax Practice Group and Estate and Trust Team.

Work Experience

1996 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Barill has been a featured speaker at West Virginia and Pennsylvania CLE and CPE seminars, as well as numerous civic organizations on taxation, fiduciary litigation, special needs trusts, elder law, and estate planning issues.

“ESOP is Not a 4 Letter Work” – West Virginia Society of CPAS June 2019

Mr. Barill is an Adjunct Lecturer and is a Supervising Attorney at the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic of the West Virginia University College of Law.

Key Experience

Represented multimillion dollar trust in defending the trustee against claims by beneficiaries of breach of fiduciary duties and excessive compensation
Represented large corporations in stock and asset sales, tax-free and taxable mergers and acquisitions
Assisted multi-tier corporate conglomeration in converting into S corporation with numerous subchapter S subsidies

Memberships & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers® 2020 Morgantown, WV Tax Law, Lawyer of the Year
Best Lawyers® 2015 Morgantown, WV Trusts and Estates, Lawyer of the Year
Super Lawyers®
Tax and Estate Sections, American Bar Association
Former President, North Central Estate Planning Council, Inc.
Probate Committee, American Bar Association
Tax Law Section, Pennsylvania State Bar
ALI-ABA Estate Planning Advisory Board