Richard J. Eckstein
Richard J. Eckstein began his career in accounting more than 30 years ago with Coopers & Lybrand in Chicago. As an auditor, he worked on large, well-known companies such as Jockey and State Farm, before being recruited into the tax department. Rick transferred to C&L’s Boston office in 1982 as a tax supervisor, where he continued to focus on large corporate and high net worth individual clients. In 1984, Rick moved to Laventhol & Horwath, where he was admitted to the partnership in 1988. When L&H closed, Rick joined Hersh, Klingsberg & Diamond which, through a merger in 1994, became Walter & Shuffain. Rick has been an integral part of the W&S team since inception.
Over the last 20 years, Rick has served as a trusted advisor to many of our closely-held and family-owned businesses. He now manages a tax practice which includes professional service firms, private equity and manufacturing companies, and high-net-worth individuals and families, whom he advises on income and estate tax planning. He also works with early stage and start-up businesses. Rick consults on executive compensation and stock option strategies, and has worked with executives from many companies, including Biogen, Putnam, VistaPrint, Citigroup and Nortel Networks, and oversees a sizable tax compliance practice.
Rick, who holds a BS in accounting from SUNY Binghamton and an MS in Taxation from Bentley College, is a member of the Tax Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Originally from Long Island, Rick is quick to point out that he shows no allegiance to New York sports teams. He’s even gone so far as to name one of his Wheaten Terriers Theo (Eckstein) in a nod to his affinity for the Red Sox. He and his wife, Wendy, engage their dogs in agility, aggression, and scent (drug) training. They are the parents of two grown children, and enjoy traveling, which, he admits, can get complicated because of the Wheatens. Rick also enjoys playing guitar and is a devoted fan of the Beatles and The Boss.