Paul L. Behling

Of Counsel

  • Education: University of Hartford, cum laude, B.S. • University of Connecticut School of Law, high honors, J.D. • New York University School of Law, Taxation, LL.M.
  • Admitted: State of CT, 1973 • Washington D.C., 1980 • State of New York, 2003
  • Year joined: 1995


Paul practices in the area of tax and corporate planning for closely held businesses and professionals. He has a special focus in qualified and nonqualified deferred compensation and executive compensation.  He is also the leading partner on our team of lawyers in the US, Geneva, Hong Kong and London that is dedicated to IRS Voluntary Disclosure issues currently affecting our individual clients. 

His practice includes the areas of international tax planning, domestic estate planning, and employee benefits, including qualified and non-qualified plans and executive compensation. Paul also provides advice on unique deferred compensation issues affecting tax-exempt entities such as hospitals and municipalities.   

Paul has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Attorneys in Worth Magazine for 2005-2007.  He has also been named a Top Tax Attorney by various other publications including Corporate Counsel Magazine, New York Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.


  • Named one of the nation's Top 100 Attorneys by Worth Magazine for 2005-2007. 
  • Regularly named a Top Tax Attorney by Corporate Counsel Magazine, New York Magazine and Connecticut Magazine.
  • Quoted in Reuters, Bloomberg, Law 360°, New York Times.

Publications and speaking engagements

  • Co-author of "Swiss Court Refuses Disclosure of Credit Suisse Data," Withers Stop Press, April 2012.
  • Co-author of "Voluntary Disclosure, Going Forward," Withers Bergman LLP Briefing Notes, January 2011.  
  • Author of "Forensic Accounting and Valuation Litigation: An Update on Offshore IRS Voluntary Disclosure," Connecticut Law Tribune, February 2011. 
  • Author of various articles on Foreign Bank Account Reporting and Voluntary Disclosure. 
  • Guest on Fox News and Money Matters.
  • Co-author of "Effects of Section 457A on Deferred Compensation," Withers Bergman LLP Briefing Notes, November 2008.    
  • Co-author of "Section 409A Deferred Compensation Update," Withers Bergman LLP Briefing Notes, September 2008.  
  • Author of "Taxation of 401(k) and Other Salary Reduction Plans," Warren Gorham & LaMont, July 1994.
  • Author of numerous tax and benefit articles for professional publications such as the Tax Lawyer, Journal of Taxation, Taxation for Accountants and others.
  • Articles for non-professional publications, as well as a series of tax columns for the Hartford Courant and the New Haven Register.


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member and former Chair of the Tax Section and the Liaison with Accountants Committee
  • Participant in the Corporate Tax Committee and Employee Benefits Committee of the American Bar Association.

On a personal note

Paul loves to ski and play tennis.

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