Matthew Getzler

Partner and Co-Chair, Private Client Services and Tax Groups

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Matthew Getzler

A partner of Torkin Manes, Matthew is co-chair of the firm’s Private Client Services and Tax Groups. Throughout his years of practice, Matthew has established himself as a leading authority on a broad range of domestic and international tax planning, primarily for owner-managers and other private corporations. He has particular expertise in succession and estate planning for family businesses and their related corporate groups, corporate reorganizations, cross-border transactions and tax-planning for multi-national corporations. His wills and estates practice focuses on personal/corporate tax and estate planning, specializing in complex wills that dovetail with a corporate tax plan, cross-border planning for dual citizens and post-mortem tax planning.

As a result of his extensive corporate background, Matthew’s clients can count on his practical and entrepreneurial approach, which has proven to be valuable when developing comprehensive plans that uniquely combine both tax and business benefits specific to their circumstances and needs. He applies his big-picture and strategic mindset to thoroughly examine a client’s broader portfolio, which ultimately positions him to confidently assess their entire situation and advise them most appropriately, also taking into account the current and projected economic climates. When counseling his clients on more complex tax and estate planning matters, Matthew leverages his exceptional communication skills to distill complex information in a way that resonates with them and their circumstances. 

In 2019, Matthew was named a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40, reflecting not only his extensive knowledge and expertise in multiple areas of practice, but also his dedication to consistently providing superior client service.

Credentials & Affiliations

  • Credentials
  • Memberships
  • Community Involvement
  • Ontario Bar, 2006
  • CICA In-depth Tax Course, Parts I and II 
  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2005
  • MBA, York University (Schulich School of Business), 2005
  • BA, with distinction, Western University (Huron College), 2001
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association: Tax Section and Trusts and Estates Section
  • Schulich School of Business
  • Joshua Institute for Jewish Communal Leadership - Future Leaders Program
  • UJA Professional Advisory Committee