Diamond View II, Suite 130, 280 South Mangum Street, Durham, NC 27701

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3605 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 500, Raleigh, NC 27612

(919) 787-8880 Contact

Thirty years of advising family-owned closely held businesses regarding a spectrum of issues and handling tax controversy cases involving the Internal Revenue Service and the North Carolina Department of Revenue.


A member of the firm’s corporate practice, David D. Dahl has been practicing law at Manning Fulton since 1982. Dave practices primarily in the areas of closely held business, tax, tax controversy, estate administration and non-profit organizations. Dave is recognized throughout the State of North Carolina for his federal and state tax controversy practice.

Over the years Dave has advised many family business owners with respect to acquisitions, sales, employment matters, tax issues, transition of ownership and management to the next generation, estate planning for closely held businesses and shareholder disputes. Dave also has substantial experience with tax structuring for real estate transactions including tax-deferred exchanges.

In the area of tax controversy, Dave was a trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service, Office of District Counsel, Cleveland, Ohio before coming to Manning Fulton. He tried numerous cases with the IRS, and since leaving the IRS he has represented clients before the IRS Examination Division, Appeals Division, United States Tax Court, United States District Court and United States Appeals Court. Dave has also represented clients in a range of issues before the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

Dave has also advised various nonprofit organizations and foundations with respect to formation, operation, and tax matters.




  • University of North Carolina – J.D. – 1979
  • Washington & Lee University – B.A. in Economics – 1973 – Magna Cum Laude

Admitted to Practice

  • North Carolina – 1983

Professional Activities

Prior Experience and Clerkships

  • Trial Attorney, Internal Revenue Service, Office of District Counsel (1977-1982)

Community Engagement

Magellan Charter School

  • Board Chair

A.E. Finley YMCA

  • Board Member

A.E. Finley Basketball

  • Coach

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries

  • Board Member

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

  • Member
  • Board President
  • Scoutmaster – Sr.

High Youth Leader

  • Endowment Committee

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