John is a board certified tax attorney and chairs the firm’s Corporate and Tax practices.
He represents executives, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors in tax, transactional, capital raising, estate planning, and estate administration matters.
His experience is reflected in his representative matters:
- Negotiated $1.5 billion platform real estate joint venture and local partner joint ventures with global private equity firms
- Seller’s counsel and tax counsel in $50 million business disposition
- Tax counsel in sale and tax deferred joint venture transactions with public REIT
- Obtained Tax Court order reversing $3 million IRS Collection Due Process Levy determination
- Designed individualized estate plans for entrepreneurs and other high net worth individuals
- Tax counsel in estate, gift, and income tax disputes, including valuation disputes, with the Internal Revenue Service
- Obtained first-of-its-kind private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service approving a legal structure for independent “qualified intermediaries” in tax-deferred Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchange transactions
- Tax counsel in $110 million multi-state multi-property 1031 exchange
- Tax counsel to real estate developers in corporate and tax structuring for residential and commercial developments
- Negotiated $120 million real estate development joint venture
- Negotiated and structured compensation for executive management in private equity portfolio companies and other private enterprises
- Negotiated licensing agreement for multi-acre artificial recreational water feature utilizing Crystal Lagoons technology
Additionally, John serves as an editor of The Williams Parker Business & Tax blog, which focuses on current issues and important legal developments pertaining to business and tax matters.
John joined the firm after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Law and was named a shareholder in 2003. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana as well as Florida.