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Donald J. Holzman, 86, expert on tax law and charitable giving

Dec. 22, 1930 – Aug. 17, 2017

Donald J. Holzman of Amherst, an attorney who wrote extensively on tax law, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 86.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Holzman graduated from Amherst High School in 1948 and the University at Buffalo in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in economics.

He served in the Army Counter Intelligence Corp. and earned a law degree from UB in 1954, specializing in taxation. He also earned a degree from New York University School of Law in 1955.

Mr. Holzman first worked in the Buffalo firm of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel from 1955 to 1973, then in his own law office as a solo practitioner from 1973 to 1975, and finally at Duke Holzman Photiadis & Gresens from 1975 to 2015, when he retired.

He concentrated his practice in tax law, corporate law – both local and international – and the related areas of estate planning, estate administration and trust law. His work involved him in some interesting cases.

He participated personally and as counsel in the acquisition and development of businesses in the publishing, printing & aerospace industries, including his 35-year affiliation with Buffalo Newspress Inc.

Of note was his handling of the first Erie County Industrial Development Agency financing package and establishing the first charitable remainder trust arrangement with UB.

Mr. Holzman also handled a successful will contest litigation involving will fraud and sustaining charitable bequests, as well as a successful defense of multimillion-dollar Internal Revenue Service claims.

Throughout his career, Mr. Holzman was a board member of several businesses and charities, and a consultant for various educational, development and tax exempt organizations.

He wrote extensively on tax and corporate law, and was published in many legal publications.

He lectured on tax law at programs sponsored by UB, the UB Law School, the New York State Bar Association, the University of Pittsburgh, the American Banker’s Association and others.

He was a member of the American, New York State, and Erie County Bar associations. He also belonged to the Order of Merlin-Excelsior, International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Buffalo Club, and was a past member at the Saturn Club and Executive Club of Buffalo.

Mr. Holzman traveled extensively in Europe and enjoyed trips in Germany, Austria & Switzerland.

He married to the former Joan Kohl Holzman in 1959.

Mr. Holzman was predeceased by his wife in 12015. Survivors include a daughter, Annette H. Fitch.

Services will be private.

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