Mаtthew D. Shell focuses his practice on strategic tax planning and counseling clients in a broad range of tax matters. He handles mergers and acquisitions, sophisticated tax strategies, international tax, state and local tax, business successions, tax credits, and other tax incentives, as well as estate planning, probate and trust administration, and family offices. Additionally, Matt has extensive experience advising tax-exempt organizations, including both public charities and private foundations. As such, he is experienced with donor-advised funds, supporting organizations, charitable trusts, and other complex charitable structures. Moreover, Matt has experience serving as outside general counsel for small businesses and advising on entity formation and legal administration matters.

  • M&A Tax Advisory
  • International Tax Consulting
  • State and Local Tax Compliance
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Tax Credits and Incentives
  • Advisory for Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Outside General Counsel Services
  • Family Office Service


My Greatest Strengths
  • Advising clients on their tax and legal issues in an efficient and practical manner.
  • Understanding and knowing my clients and their business to help them achieve their overall goals.
  • Being a team player to provide comprehensive service to clients by coordinating the specialties of everyone on the team.
  • Problem solving to strategically achieve goals.
  • I was formerly U.S. Tax Counsel for a multinational manufacturing and technology company.
  • I coordinated the structuring and financing for the development of an iconic hotel, pairing historic tax credits with tax credits from new markets.
  • I have a passion for working with entrepreneurial minded clients in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
  • I have served as outside general counsel for several clients. 

When I’m not working, I love to travel and spend time with my family.

I am almost perpetually in training mode for my next marathon and have completed numerous marathons, including the Boston Marathon and Chicago Marathons, multiple times each.

I am an avid sports fan, especially football and college basketball.

I am passionate about my community and serve on the board of my local downtown development authority and other local nonprofit organizations. 

What Drives Me

Seeing my clients and teammates be successful and setting an example for my children.

Community & Professional

Community & Professional

Director, Treasurer & Chair of Economic Vitality Committee, Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority (2019 - Present) 

Director and Treasurer, Love INC of Northern Oakland County, Lake Orion, MI (2018 - Present) 

Member of Operations Committee, Common Ground, Oakland County, MI (2012 - Present) 

Member of Fundraising Committee, Loyola High School, Detroit, MI (2012 - 2019) 

Director, Songs Against Slavery (2013 - 2018) 

Practice Areas


B.S., Accounting, Western Michigan University, 2005

M.S., Taxation, Walsh College, 2008

JD, Michigan State University College of Law, 2011

LLM, Taxation, Georgetown University, 2011

Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Michigan, 2007


  • Michigan, 2011 - Present
  • U.S. Tax Court


Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2017-2019

Oakland County Executive’s 40 Under 40 Award, 2023 

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