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Rod Atherton Attorney Arvada

Rodney Atherton, Esq.

Rod is a prominent tax attorney in the Rocky Mountain Region with clients in many parts of the US. He is highly respected among clients and colleagues for delivering practical and objective solution-driven advice. Rod frequently assists clients with a variety of specialized tax planning issues for individuals, corporations, entities and charities. He has been instrumental in the preparation and implementation of a number of very large and complex tax planning techniques and charitable gifts. In Rod’s more than 30 years of practicing law, he has handled several very large real estate and business transactions and is experienced in technical contracts and complex business transactions.
Rod has been married for more than 33 years and has two grown children. Rod enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter, fisherman, is active in several charities and donates his time to mentoring youth.

Areas of Expertise:
Wealth preservation and wealth creation planning

Colorado and federal taxation

Financial products and innovative tax strategies

Private foundations and charitable organizations

Individual income, estate and gift planning

Tax and business aspects of limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations

Corporate taxation including mergers and acquisitions

Real estate transactions including tax deferral and tax-free sales, tax-free exchanges and installment sales


Professional and Community Involvement:
Board Member, HEAVENFEST Colorado

We donate substantial time and money to a variety of charities

Significant Representation:
Diversification of concentrated wealth for executive and property owners with minimal or deferred current taxation while simultaneously achieving estate planning and creditor protection.

Facilitate liquidity events (sale of business, exercise of stock options, disposition of real estate, etc.) through design and implementation of innovative tax minimization strategies.

Accomplish tax minimization and wealth protection through formation, structuring and monitoring of trusts, corporations, partnerships and related entities.

Design estate and financial plans for high net worth individuals integrating income tax planning, estate tax planning, philanthropy, dispute resolution, creditor protection and family succession utilizing sophisticated techniques including family limited partnerships, related party installment sales, grantor trusts, charitable trusts and dynasty trusts.

Advise families with respect to establishing family foundations, including the development of family mission statements and introduction of the charitable giving concept to family members over several generations.

Represent numerous families in tax-efficient exchanges of partial interests in real estate, partnerships, and corporations in order to resolve disputes and to facilitate separate ownership or separation of inherited assets.