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OVERVIEW

Timothy J. Riffle
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7295

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Timothy J. Riffle
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7295

F 317-231-7433

Nicknamed “the professor” by his colleagues, Tim Riffle offers nearly encyclopedic knowledge of federal tax law. With more than three decades of practice advising on the tax challenges associated with all phases of the business life cycle, Tim guides clients through complex tax matters, providing solutions that help maximize tax savings while minimizing the potential for controversy.

OVERVIEW

Timothy J. Riffle Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P : 317-231-7295

Nicknamed “the professor” by his colleagues, Tim Riffle offers nearly encyclopedic knowledge of federal tax law. With more than three decades of practice advising on the tax challenges associated with all phases of the business life cycle, Tim guides clients through complex tax matters, providing solutions that help maximize tax savings while minimizing the potential for controversy.

Tim’s business clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startup ventures, including middle market companies, multistate and multinational companies, privately held and family businesses, investment funds, closely held S corporations, LLCs and partnerships, start-ups, entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals. Tim offers extensive experience in the tax implications of structuring business combinations, new business formations, pass-through entities (partnerships, S corporations, and LLCs) and tax exempt organizations.

Tim also represents individuals and families in the areas of charitable giving, foundations and gift and estate taxation, and universities, hospitals, museums and other non-profit organizations in tax exemption and unrelated business income tax matters. In addition, he advises fiduciaries and beneficiaries involved in probate, guardianship and trust administration matters.

Dedicated to consistently delivering clear, concise and practical tax counsel, Tim guides clients through complicated federal and state tax laws and regulations with the goal of helping them to achieve their overall objectives. He is appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for prompt and efficient tax advice that actually parallels and enhances their financial goals, and is committed to structuring transactions and resolving matters with solutions that ensure tax efficiencies.

Notably, Tim is co-author of the Indiana Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual (Data Trace Publishing, 1996).

Tim has spent his entire career in private practice at Barnes & Thornburg, beginning as an associate in 1983. A resident of both Greenwood, Indiana, and Bloomington, Indiana, Tim has been married to Sarah since 1986 and has two children, Madeline, a researcher with a Fortune 500 corporation, and Mark, a lawyer.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Indiana State Bar Association Taxation Section

Former president, Indianapolis Bar Association Tax Section, 1997

Member, American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Member, American Bar Association Section of Taxation Section

Former member, Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Board

Former member, Indiana University Collins LLC Alumni Board

Life member, Indiana University Alumni Association

Member, Indiana University Varsity Club

Supporter and member, Indiana University Foundation Well House, 1820 and Arbutus Societies; President’s Circle

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 1999-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015 and 2018

EXPERIENCE
  • Assisted a supporting organization operated to benefit a public elementary school receive reinstatement of its recognition of its Section 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented Crown Products & Services, LLC on its recapitalization by Merit Capital Partners. Crown Products & Services LLC specializes in the formulation and application of proprietary specialty chemicals involved in the handling of various raw materials for the coal, steel and utility industries. These chemicals are used by Crown customers to facilitate raw material handling during seasonal challenges such as freeze conditioning in the winter and dust mitigation and spontaneous combustion suppression year round. Crown’s founding management team retained significant ownership positions as co-investors with Merit.

    Based in Chicago, Merit Capital Partners manages $1.7 billion through five institutionally sponsored limited partnerships investing mezzanine and equity capital in middle-market companies principally in manufacturing, distribution and services industries.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented Paragon Medical, Inc. in its merger agreement with an affiliate of Beecken Petty O'Keefe & Company, a Chicago-based private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care industry. The company’s new partner positions Paragon well to execute on its organic and inorganic growth initiatives. The transaction is expected to close in early December 2013.

    Paragon Medical is a tier 1 supplier of world-class solutions for custom and standard surgical instrument delivery systems, custom and standard surgical instrumentation, implantable components and design and development services to the medical device marketplace.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented Sunstorm Interactive, Inc., a video game and application development company, in its sale to a private capital group focused on growth-stage Internet, e-Commerce, Mobile and Saas-based businesses. Barnes & Thornburg has represented the company since its inception in the mid-1990’s.

    Sunstorm Interactive, Inc. develops diverse games and applications for the iOS platforms, including kids’ games and applications that, in 2011 alone, achieved 50 million downloads on iTunes. Sunstorm Interactive’s applications include Fondue Maker, ICEE® Maker, Cake Maker and others.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented the shareholders of Marquis Consulting Services, Inc. in a transaction in which Marquis was acquired by Gemalto, Inc., a world leader in digital security. Gemalto acquired all of the outstanding shares of Marquis, a primary provider of fully integrated services for drivers' license identification across the U.S. Gemalto's global headquarters is in Amsterdam with a presence in 44 countries throughout the world. Marquis is headquartered in Fort Wayne. Jeremy Reidy of the Fort Wayne office led the transaction team, which included Tuck Hopkins, Lisa Starks and Rebecca Johnson of the Fort Wayne office; Mina Amir-Mokri and Melissa Vallone of the Chicago office; Cassandra Best of the Atlanta office; Josh Hollingsworth, Tim Riffle, Michala Irons and Dave Durm of the Indianapolis office; and Karen McGee and Linda Weinberg of the Washington, D.C., office.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented Crabtree Holdings, LLC, in its acquisition of MTL Equity Products, Inc. As required by the stock purchase agreement, the firm will be renamed Brooklight Place Securities, Inc. MTL Equity Products, which is a holding company in the Mutual Trust Financial Group, has been a securities broker-dealer and investment adviser for more than 25 years.
  • Barnes & Thornburg LLP represented J.D. Byrider, the leader in the used car sales and finance industry, in its sale to private equity firm Altamount Capital Partners.

    Altamount will provide strategic direction to J.D. Byrider as it continues to grow and further its franchisee expansion initiatives.

    For more than 20 years, J.D. Byrider has grown to be the key used car sales and finance enterprise in the country. In addition to its unique franchising model, the company also has developed the industry’s premier software, Discover System. The company has matched nearly 900,000 consumers to quality, affordable vehicles. It also has 127 franchised- and company-owned dealerships in 29 states.

    Attorneys in Barnes & Thornburg’s Corporate Department advised J.D. Byrider on the sale.
  • Barnes & Thornburg was lead counsel representing a business engaged in consulting, marketing and general analytical services to healthcare and life science companies in its $40 million sale to a specialized services company supporting next generation approaches to drug development and commercialization. The selling company was a startup organized in 2013 and was owned 100 percent by its founder.
  • We assisted the Indiana University Kelley School of Business with the formation of a separate organization through which Kelley faculty members conduct executive educational outreach. We assisted the organization with the receipt of recognition of Section 501(c)(3) supporting organization status from the Internal Revenue Service and with ongoing tax compliance matters.
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