Joseph E. Hunt IV

Senior Attorney

Direct 781-697-2272
Fax 781-622-5933
Waltham, MA

A member of the Firm’s Corporate and Tax Practice Groups, Joe advises clients spanning a variety of different industries throughout all stages of their business life cycle, with a particular focus in mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity finance, corporate and tax structuring and startups.

Joe advises charitable and non-profit organizations with respect to organization and application for tax-exempt status, and provides counsel to privately-held emerging and middle-market companies on entity formation, corporate governance, and general tax matters, with an emphasis on choosing the right form of business entity, the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations, and tax considerations of equity compensation for corporations and partnerships.

Prior to joining Morse, Joe worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Transaction Services group of a Big Four advisory firm based in Boston, where he focused on advising private equity and multinational corporate clients throughout the merger and acquisition life cycle with experience in both buy-side and sell-side transactions with a particular emphasis on software, life sciences, and technology industries.

Outside of the office, Joe serves as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University School of Law, where he teaches “Life Cycle of a Business Venture,” a course that analyzes tax issues encountered by businesses at all stages of their life cycles. While a student at Boston University School of Law, Joe was honored at graduation with the Ernest M. Haddad Award which is presented annually to the graduating student in the Graduate Tax Program who best exhibits overall capability, taking into consideration academic achievement, character, and potential to serve the public interest.

American Bar Association, Teaching Taxation Committee

Boston Bar Association

Speaker, Structuring Profits Interests as Incentive Compensation for Key Employees and Service Providers, Strafford

Speaker, COVID-19 Series: SBA Loan & CARES Act For Gym Owners, TRIIB Webinars

Speaker, Partner Profits Interests: IRS Safe Harbor, Migrating From Employee to Partner, Ensuring Capital Gains Treatment, Strafford

Guest Lecturer, Common Tax Issues, Startup Law Clinic, Boston University School of Law

Panelist, 7th Annual International Tax Update, M. Robinson & Company

Speaker, 2018 Tax Reform: Life Sciences Update

Speaker, Tax Reform, Tax Clinic at St. Thomas University School of Law

Panelist, Tax Reform Roundtable – Corporations, Boston University School of Law

Joe is an adjunct lecturer in the Graduate Tax Program at Boston University School of Law, having taught there since 2018. He currently teaches Federal Income Taxation II and Life Cycle of a Business Venture – two courses that focus on tax principles that apply to the acquisition, holding and disposition of tangible and intangible property and tax issues frequently encountered by startups and founders at various stages of the business life cycle.

A New England transplant native to Oklahoma, Joe is a die-hard fan of the University of Oklahoma’s athletic programs and firmly believes that football is best played on Saturdays; during the fall you’ll find him cheering on the Sooners and supporting the OU Club of Boston. Despite this hometown loyalty, Joe has also adopted all of the Boston professional sports teams as his own and enjoys skiing, golfing, traveling, and spending quality time with his family.

Joe lives in Medfield with his wife and three children and is active in his hometown community, serving as a member of Medfield’s Affordable Housing Trust.

  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M. (Taxation)
  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Oklahoma, B.A.
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • New York Bar
  • United States Tax Court
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