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Kurt R. Steinkrauss

Member / Chair, Closely Held Business Practice; Co-chair, Private Equity Practice

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Kurt chairs our Closely Held Business Group and co-chairs the Private Equity Practice. He has significant experience helping individuals and families develop and implement successful estate planning strategies. Clients count on his insights on evolving gift and estate tax laws to help them manage their assets effectively. Kurt also handles a variety of corporate and employment matters. He often counsels closely held businesses, start-ups, and emerging companies on corporate governance matters as well as sales, acquisitions, and M&A transactions. Kurt is an experienced speaker and lecturer, and he regularly contributes articles to national and regional business and law publications.

Kurt serves as Chair of the firm’s Closely Held Business Group and Co-chair of the Private Equity Practice. He is also a member of the firm's Policy Committee. Kurt focuses on estate planning, general corporate matters, and employment matters.

In his estate planning practice, Kurt assists individuals and families in planning and carrying out tax-efficient transfers of wealth, asset distribution, trust administration, charitable gift planning, and business succession. In his corporate work, Kurt works closely with family businesses, start-ups, and emerging companies in a variety of sectors. He specializes in advising clients on organization and financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and succession planning. In his employment practice, Kurt advises executives on employment agreements, SEC issues, stock options, and deferred compensation matters.

He is a frequent lecturer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Security Analysts Society, and other organizations. In addition, he regularly publishes articles in publications including Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the National Law Journal, and the Boston Business Journal.

Before joining Mintz, Kurt was a tax consultant at Arthur Andersen LLP. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk for the Estate and Gift Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Service.


  • Boston University (LLM)
  • Suffolk University Law School (JD)
  • Boston College (BS)

Recognition & Awards

  • Boston Estate Planning Council: Excellence Award (2018)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Estate Planning & Probate (2005 – 2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (2015 – 2020); Trusts and Estates (2015 – 2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year: Boston Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (2017)


  • Officer, Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Family Firm Institute
  • Member, Professional Advisors Committee of the Boston Foundation
  • Member, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Estate Planning Curriculum Advisory Committee
  • Participant, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Boston’s Future Leaders
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

Recent Insights

News & Press


Private Equity Opportunity in Litigation Financing

April 18, 2018 | Alert | By Scott Ford, Kurt Steinkrauss

Litigation financing has quickly grown from a fledging concept into a robust industry. The concept is simple: in exchange for a share of any proceeds, a financing firm agrees to pay all or a portion of the plaintiff’s legal fees.

Favorable Changes to Estate, Gift and GST Tax Laws Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

February 1, 2018 | Advisory | By Peter Miller, Reena Thadhani, Kurt Steinkrauss, Susan Kealy, Alison Glover, Quinn Hetrick

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), signed into law on December 22, 2017, significantly increased the exemption amounts for the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. These increases may present planning opportunities for individuals and families.

News & Press

Mintz is pleased to announce Member ​Kurt Steinkrauss has been named the recipient of the 2018 Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC) Excellence Award. The BEPC Excellence Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the estate planning profession.
Mintz advised GPB Capital on its acquisition of a majority equity stake in Westwood, Massachusetts-based Prime Motor Group. The acquisition by Capstone Automotive Group, an affiliate of GPB, expands the group’s footprint throughout New England.
Member Kurt Steinkrauss, Chair of the Closely Held Business Group and Co-chair of the Private Equity Practice, is highlighted in a Law360 article among other legal “rainmakers,” discussing his unique approach to business development and maintain strong relationships with his clients.
Best Lawyers named 85 Mintz attorneys to its 2018 list of The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mintz attorneys Matthew J. Gardella and Samuel M. Tony Starr were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas.
Scott Ford, Chair of the Litigation Section, and Kurt Steinkrauss, Co-Chair of the Private Equity Section, authored this column on how the emerging litigation financing industry is becoming an attractive risk-reducing option – especially among PE firms.
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 
Best Lawyers named 73 Mintz attorneys to its 2017 list of The Best Lawyers in America. Mintz attorneys selected for inclusion in this year’s list span 44 practice areas. 



BEPC Members Round Table Breakfast

University of Massachusetts Club


Managing Through Growth

Westin Waltham –Boston


Selling Up, Selling Out

Mintz, One Financial Center, Boston, MA


Latest Trends in Mergers & Acquisitions

Boston Marriott Newton Hotel


M&A Solutions for Privately Held Companies

Brae Burn Country Club, West Newton, MA



Gray, Gray & Gray

Newton, MA


A Collaborative Process: Estate and Business Liquidity Planning

Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC)

Boston, MA