Bari Zahn, Esq.

Founder & Managing Partner


Bari Zahn, Founding Partner, Bio Photo

Bari Zahn operates as a tax attorney, business advisor and General Counsel and has represented a broad array of multinational clients on U.S. and Cross-Border transactions across all industry sectors. She has supervised legal teams worldwide and has extensive management experience as the Founder, former CEO and General Counsel of a non-profit organization.

Founder and Managing Partner of the Zahn Law Global, LLP, in New York City, New York, Bari Zahn serves clients as an international tax attorney, general counsel and business adviser. Ms. Zahn works with clients across all industry sectors handling complex, cross-border matters.  Ms. Zahn works with domestic and international entrepreneurs, closely held real estate and other operating businesses, corporations, family offices and private clients. She represents clients across the globe,  in connection with both in-bound and out- bound transactions.  She represents a diverse range of multi-national clients offering them legal guidance and support in matters involving:

  • Tax – Domestic & International
  • Business
  • Estate Planning – Domestic & International
  • Executive Contracts & Employment Disputes

Ms. Zahn is an accomplished attorney with extensive tax, business and management experience. In 1996, she was admitted to practice law in the state of New York. She is also admitted before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Ms. Zahn began her career as an attorney advisor to the Honorable Carolyn Miller Parr, Judge of the United States Tax Court, from 1996 to 1998. After her federal clerkship, and prior to starting Zahn Law Global, she spent most of her legal career at renowned global New York law firms, such as Sherman & Sterling and Kaye Scholar.  At these firms, Ms. Zahn gained knowledge working on Fortune 100 mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and tax controversy issues. Her job also included representing clients before the IRS and the New York tax authorities.

Ms. Zahn served as Managing Director for Traust Sollus Wealth Management/Mercer Advisors where she supported senior wealth advisors with sophisticated income tax, trust & estate planning for high-net-worth individuals, family offices and business owners and general outside counsel for both profit and non-profit organizations. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Ms. Zahn founded and chaired the Legal Industry Council for the National Lesbian and Gay Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at both the national and New York State levels. Honored for her extensive pro bono legal work, Ms. Zahn was a recipient of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Pro Bono Provider Award and served on the pro bono committees at all her prior law firms. Ms. Zahn was pro bono tax counsel for the Empire State Pride Agenda and Bank Street Law Office, a non-profit law firm providing legal services for those in need. She has raised substantial funds for many charitable and political causes. 

Furthermore, her entrepreneurial spirit has earned her the Brava Award issued by SmartCEO magazine. 

While practicing law, she gained professional experience as the founder and CEO of Living Beyond Belief, a successful nonprofit organization. Living Beyond Belief was later absorbed by the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Ms. Zahn received the NY1 News New Yorker of the Week Award for her work in this capacity.

Published Work

  • Removing The Cloak: The Corporate Transparency Act Of 2021 — New U.S. Legislation Targeting Global Corruption” – January 2023
  • Formation of US Limited Liability Companies” – Suffolk Lawyers
  • “Non-qualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, February 2009
  • “Canadian Companies—Act Now to Ensure Deferred Compensation Arrangements Comply with U.S. Tax Laws Under Section 409A,” Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, vol. 19, no. 6, Federated Press, Toronto, September/October 2008
  • “Corporate Governance: American Jobs Creation Act,” Lexpert, April 1, 2005
  • “The Potential Effect of the American Jobs Creation Act,” co-authored with Christina Medland, Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement, Federated Press, Toronto, December/January 2005

    Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in NY, New York, 2024

    Super Lawyers, New York, 2023

    Brooklyn Law School, BLS OUTLaws, Jeffrey E Rockwell Alumni Achievement Award, 2014

    New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Pro Bono Provider Award: multiple years

    Brava SmartCEO Award

    Inspiring Women Who Are Changing The World – Kerry Barrett Interviews Bari Zahn, who shares her journey of forgiveness. Watch on Spotify

    Power of the Purse – Episode 86: Making a Commitment To Helping Others with Bari Zahn

    Interview with NY1 News – AIDS: A Journal of Hope
    See Founder Bari Zahn’s moving interview regarding her late uncle Wayne Fischer in honor of Pride Month on NY1 News:–a-journal-of-hope—wayne-fischer.html

    Other Awards:

    Named “New Yorker of the Week” for her AIDS awareness work among teens in the city, NY1 News; interviewed on June 24, 2005

    Practice Areas:
    • International and Domestic
    • Tax Planning
    • Tax Structuring & Advisory
    • Estate Planning
    • Corporate & Business Matters
    • Family Offices & Private Clients
    • Employment Disputes
    • China Practice
    • State of New York
    • The Supreme Court of the United States
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    Attorney Advisor:
    • Hon. Carolyn Miller Parr
    • U.S. Tax Court


    • Juris Doctor, Brooklyn Law School, 1995
    • Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1988
    • Intensive Economic & Language Studies, Franklin College, Lugano Switzerland, 1986