Scott Y. Barnes

Special Counsel  |  Charleston

Meet Scott

Scott Barnes, a Certified Tax Specialist, joined Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd in 2013. Backed by more than 41 years in the profession, Scott’s practice currently focuses on limited liability companies and partnerships, conservation easements, and the tax implications of these situations.

Scott is a former Chairman of the South Carolina Bar Association Tax Section, a Member of the American Bar Association Tax Section and Partnership Subcommittee, and a Fellow of the American College of Tax Lawyers. He served on the Governor’s Economic Development Incentives Committee, was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Charleston School of Law.

Education
  • Georgetown University, LL.M., Taxation, 1976
  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 1973
  • Vanderbilt University, B.S., 1969
Admissions
  • South Carolina, 1973
Honors and Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) (2014-2018), Corporate Law (2006-2018) and Tax Law (1993-2018)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® Tax (2008-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2011 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” Charleston and 2012 Tax Law “Lawyers of the Year” Charleston
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Former President of the Church Street Historic Foundation
  • Former Trustee of the Community Foundation serving Coastal South Carolina
  • Former Trustee of the Charleston Area Community Development Corporation
  • Former Trustee of the Gibbes Museum of Art
  • Former Trustee and former President of the Southern Federal Tax Institute
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Charleston Day School
  • Former Trustee and President of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust
Presentations and Publications
  • "Avoiding Disaster: Time to Dust off Your Operating Agreements," HSB 2017 Corporate Law for Accountants Seminars
  • “South Carolina Conservation Incentives Act: An Innovative Approach to Conservation,” South Carolina Lawyer March/April 2001
  • Co-author of the "South Carolina Treatise, Limited Liability Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships"
  • Co-author of the "Practical Guide to Commercial Real Estate in South Carolina"

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