David F. Golden


Business Phone: 404.885.3344
Business Fax: 404.962.6569



David Golden’s work includes planning, compliance, transactions, and civil tax controversies.  He is involved in a variety of matters relating to state and federal taxation of corporations, partnerships, individuals, tax exempt entities and industrial development bonds.  He also provides a full range of trust and estate planning services. 

Representative Matters

  • Developed litigation strategy and participated in the litigation of AT&T v. Collins, in which Fulton County Superior Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals, in a case of first impression, sanctioned the use of the unitary method of apportionment, representing a multimillion dollar state tax savings to AT&T.
  • Served as Bond Counsel preparing all required bond documents to enable owners of manufacturing facilities, warehouses and office buildings to obtain significant property tax abatements.
  • Successfully negotiated the value of a closely held business with the District Counsel's office of the IRS where the liquidation value of the business was far in excess of the going concern value.
  • Designed a creative compensation package permitting the owner of a successful small business to attract and reward qualified personnel while retaining 100 percent ownership in the business.
  • Represented the purchaser and negotiated all tax aspects in a $20+ million stock acquisition, including treating the transaction as an asset purchase for income tax purposes to maximize the purchaser's tax benefits.
  • Developed tax savings strategies to enable a seller of stock in his closely held company to eliminate approximately $1.5 million of income tax liability.
  • Provide ongoing advice to major private foundations to enable such foundations to maintain compliance with the complex rules and regulations governing these entities.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (Georgia)
  • State Bar of Georgia (Member, Fiduciary and Taxation Sections)
  • Atlanta Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, Taxation Section)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Taxation)

Rankings and Recognition

  • Selected as a Super Lawyer in Estate Planning & Probate by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine (2004-2017).
  • Named to Georgia Trend magazine’s Legal Elite in taxes, estates, and trusts (2004-2013, 2015).
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates (2018).

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1993-present
  • Associate, Troutman Sanders LLP, 1984-1992
  • Sr. Accountant, Arthur Anderson (Atlanta), 1978-1981



  • Emory University, LL.M., 1990
  • University of Georgia, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Ohio State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia