About Tommy

Tommy's practice has centered around tax law. He has engaged in a wide variety of tax-related matters, including all aspects of executive compensation and severance issues (such as employment agreements, stock options, phantom stock, restricted stock, deferred compensation, life insurance and other benefits), estate planning, employee benefits, general corporate taxation relating to mergers, acquisitions, and corporate combinations and divisions, professional corporations, tax matters relating to real estate such as Section 1031 exchanges and partnership agreements.

Representative Engagements

  • Charitable giving techniques and private foundations
  • Actively involved in structuring partnership agreements for the ownership and operation of real estate and other tax issues relating to real estate transactions such as like-kind exchanges
  • Fiduciary matters relating to trusts and retirement plans
  • Life insurance planning involving executive compensation and estate planning
  • Often involved in corporate formations, including initial formation and acquisitions through mergers and acquisitions
  • Involved in acquisitions and sales of closely-held businesses
  • Has advised over 20 law firms and numerous accounting firms and other professional practices concerning tax and partnership issues, including drafting partnership agreements and compensation and benefit matters
  • Advising families concerning wealth transfer and succession planning related to closely-held businesses
  • Represent executives and closely-held and publicly-traded companies in connection with employment matters, including initial employment and severance issues, benefit issues, stock options, restricted stock, and other perquisites
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Professional and Civic Involvement

  • Atlanta Tax Forum
  • State Bar of Georgia (Member, Tax Section; Chairman, 1987-1988)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel
  • Member, The Group (1981 - present) (A group of tax, estate planning, and benefits attorneys)
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Honors

  • Recognized as a leading Tax practitioner by "The Best Lawyers in America" (2012 - present)
  • Selected as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Law & Politics Media and Atlanta Magazine (2005-present)
  • Recognized as one of Georgia's "Top Rated Lawyers" by Martindale-Hubbell and ALM (2012 - present)

Publications and Presentations

  • "Qualified Retirement Plans for Affiliated Service Corporations: What to Do Under the New Legislation", Taxes Magazine (CCH) 1981
  • "Personal Service Corporations: Using Them to Advantage", American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1985 through 1991
  • The Complete Professional Corporation Desk Book, Prentice Hall, Inc. (1982)
 
 
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