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Overview

Jason has practiced in the tax law area for more than 20 years, handling corporate tax planning issues at all stages of business operations. 

Jason represents a variety of industry clients, including a large privately held grain merchandising, grain processing and cattle feeding enterprise, the former cooperative Farmland Industries Inc. and Farmland Foods, processing company National Beef and several Pizza Hut franchisees. He counsels on issues relating to reorganizations, purchases, divestitures, sales of business assets and tax considerations with respect to financings.

His specific experience includes:

  • Representing a retail grocery store on various issues.
  • Providing estate planning and tax advice with respect to a large family-owned grocery chain.

Jason has practiced in the tax law area for more than 20 years, handling corporate tax planning relating to reorganizations, purchases, divestitures, sales of business assets and tax considerations with respect to financings.

He has extensive experience in the areas of cooperative taxation, cooperative joint ventures and financing transactions for cooperatives and has represented banks and bank-holding companies in the acquisition and disposition of such entities in taxable and tax-free transactions.


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation and Controversy-Tax, Tax Law, 2003-2019; Kansas City Litigation and Controversy-Tax "Lawyer of the Year," 2014, 2016, 2018-2019
  • Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008, 2011-2018
  • Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002-2003, 2006-2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Tax, 2005-2014

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
    • cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • B.S., University of Colorado
    • magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Missouri

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar
Experience
  • Represented convenience store owner's sale of properties to a Down-REIT (real estate investment trust).
  • Counsel for a retail grocery store on tax issues regarding the sale to a cooperative.
  • Advised on tax and family-planning issues with respect to a large, family-owned grocery chain in California. Implementations included raising generation transition with pending change to gift tax law.
  • Counsel for electric cooperative in significant debt restructurings. Also advised numerous electric cooperatives in a variety of lease financing transactions, including private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and buyouts of lease financing transactions.
  • Structured and negotiated investments in wind and other renewable power generation facilities, including tax equity partnerships. Advised owner of power generation facility in connection with tax equity-backed refined coal transactions.
  • Assisted in the conversion of a business development company into a REIT for purposes of investing in infrastructure assets, including high voltage electric transmission lines.
  • Represented publicly traded closed-end investment funds that invest in individual securities of master limited partnerships focused in the energy infrastructure sector.
  • Represented a major bank in the tax-free acquisition of several banks in separate transactions.
  • Represented banks and bank-holding companies in the acquisition and disposition of such entities in taxable and tax-free transactions.