Private enterprises are the backbone of our economy and society. Critical to their success in overcoming challenges is the ability to think tactically while maintaining a long-term strategic mindset.

Sean M. Aylward

US EY Private National Tax Managing Director

Critical thinker. Problem solver. Lifelong learner. Loves being outdoors and spending time with family.

Areas of focus

Sean  is a Managing Director in Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department — Private Client Services practice.

Sean has more than 26 years of experience advising individuals, business entities, estates and trusts on a wide variety of tax and transactional matters, including estate plan design and implementation, wealth transfer planning, business succession planning and trust and estate administration. He has written numerous publications and is a frequent speaker on business succession and wealth transfer issues and most recently presented Best Practices in Parallel Governance in the Family Enterprise at the 2019 Family Business Magazine Generational Wealth Conference.

Sean received his JD summa cum laude from University of Dayton School of Law, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class and the managing editor of the Dayton Law Review. He also earned an LLM in Taxation from New York University.

How Sean is building a better working world

My primary focus is advising privately held enterprises and their owners and family members on the complex issues of business succession, governance and transfer tax planning.

I work closely with my EY colleagues to leverage the deep experience and resources of the firm in support of our clients’ efforts to achive their business and personal goals.

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