Jackson Walker attorneys Brian Dethrow and Michael Baldwin were quoted in Law360 discussing the modern tax world and the most challenging regulatory changes to expect. According to Law360, the Q&A profiles are among the publication’s most well–received content, offering leaders at top law firms the opportunity to share their experience and insight.
The Changing Tax Landscape
Published on December 10, 2013, Brian’s Q&A discussed current pressing tax concerns for his clients.
“Like most people, clients hate change, and unfortunately that’s all the modern tax world has to offer,” he said. “Every month or so, it’s another round of questions. For example: The individual income tax rates changed for the worse this year. Will they stay high? Probably yes, and more so. Compared to the state of our government’s finances, I’m afraid our rates remain among the lowest we’ll see in our lifetimes.”
To read more, view the Law360 article “Q&A With Jackson Walker’s Brian Dethrow” (subscription required).
Brian focuses his practice on tax and business planning for complex corporate, partnership, family, and inter-generational transactions. He has broad experience with innovative tax and corporate planning with particular focus on the energy industry. Clients include sophisticated businesses (Fortune 500 to very large family–controlled) and families. His experience includes M&A and partnership work, international tax, private equity funds, bankruptcy and insolvency tax planning, net operating loss preservation, workouts, business succession, asset protection and gift and estate tax reduction strategies. Brian received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Texas and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Challenging Regulatory Changes to Expect
In his Q&A published on December 19, 2013, Michael spoke about what he anticipates will be the biggest regulatory challenge in the tax practice this coming year.
“Uncertainty, uncertainty…and more uncertainty – that is our biggest regulatory challenge in the near future,” he told Law360. “That being said, clients who should have been planning years ago cannot afford to use the uncertainty as a crutch to put off badly needed planning.”
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Michael’s wealth transfer planning and private client practice focuses on representation of and counsel to high net worth individuals, affluent families, family offices, family and non–family business entities, estates, trusts, and charitable entities. The primary focus of his representation of individuals and families is the preservation of wealth and the efficient transfer of wealth among generations. Michael received his B.A. in business from Baylor University, his J.D. from Louisiana State University and his LL.M (Tax) from the University of Denver. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.