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JeffAndrus

Partner

"My goal is to provide timely, quality legal services at a fair price. If we haven't added value, we haven't done our job."

Overview

Biography

A former US Tax Court attorney and certified public accountant with over 30 years of legal experience, Jeff primarily concentrates his practice on the buying and selling of businesses, business and tax valuations, business-succession planning, and complex estate planning.

Jeff finds deep satisfaction in guiding clients through some of the most important aspects of their lives, such as planning for the successful transfers of their businesses and estates. His clients include business of all sizes, from closely held businesses, partnerships, and limited-liability companies to publicly traded companies and sole proprietorships. He frequently does work with manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, and service providers.

In addition to his own practice, Jeff serves as a member of the firm's Billing and 401(k)/Pension Committees.

Bar Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
     
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Participated in the sale of a national design firm.
  • Successfully implemented multiple estate plans, including sales to defective grantor trusts and grantor-retained annuity trusts.
  • Participated in the successful negotiation of a settlement of a substantial real-property-tax-assessment case involving Fortune 500 companies and multiple taxing jurisdictions.
  • Successfully implemented multiple business-succession plans involving self-cancelling installment notes.
  • Successfully negotiated the sale of a National Hockey League team.
  • Participated in shareholder litigation involving complex valuation issues.
  • Participated in the sale of a national testing laboratory.
  • Represented principals in the $112 million sale of a majority interest in a wholesale optical lab, including confidential negotiations with a supplier, licensor, and competitor as well as extensive management provisions post-closing. Also worked with three firms representing the buyer regarding membership sale and subsequent operational matters, real estate, and anti-trust issues.
  • Facilitated the transfer of assets for a couple to an intentionally defective grantor trust to shield the assets from estate taxes.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner
  • Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, Partner
  • US Tax Court to Judge John Pajak, Attorney Advisor
  • Ernst & Young, LLP, Certified Public Accountant

Selected Community Activities

  • Central New York Food Bank, Former President

Selected Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review-Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
Knowledge

Selected Publications & Media

  • New York State Bar Journal, “Avoiding a Common Mistake – When Not to Take Advantage of the Unlimited Marital Deduction”
  • Transactional Lawyer’s Deskbook: Advising Business Entities, “The General Partnership, LP and LLP; Formation and Organization (NY and Del)”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

COVID-19: Congress Passes Legislation to Extend PPP Application Deadline

Alerts

NYS Court of Appeals Holds FERC Certificate of Public Convenience Exempts Pipeline Company From Eminent Domain Public Notice, Hearing Requirements Despite Water-Quality Certification Denial

Alerts

COVID-19: Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Orders Imposing Quarantine Restrictions on Travelers Arriving in New York State, Blocking COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave to Employees Voluntarily Traveling to High-Risk Areas

Alerts

Caddy Class Action Still in Play With New Retaliation Claim

Alerts

COVID-19: The Perfect Storm – How Below-Cost Reimbursement Models for OPWDD Providers Will Make a Bad Situation Worse

Alerts

COVID-19: SBA Releases Further Clarification to PPP Loan Forgiveness Based on PPP Flexibility Act Changes

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