John F. McDermott
Firm: Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P.
Address: 451 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Membership: Professional Memberships and AssociationsBaton Rouge Bar AssociationLouisiana State Bar AssociationAmerican Health Lawyers AssociationNational Lawyers AssociationBaton Rouge Estate and Business Planning CouncilSociety of Louisiana Certified Pub
University: Louisiana State University, B.S., Business Administration, 1980, Georgetown University, LLM, 1986; Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1978
Admitted: 1986, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana; 1987, United States Tax Court; 1978, Louisiana; 2014, United States Supreme Court; 1988, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Biography: A partner with Taylor Porter, Mr. McDermott has more than 35 years' experience in his primary practice area of taxation, including business and individual income tax, payroll tax, franchise tax, excise tax, ad valorem tax, sales and use tax, and gift and estate tax. He has assisted tax-exempt organizations in making application for, obtaining, and maintaining status under IRC section 501(c). He has represented individuals, business entities, trusts, and estates with controversies before the IRS examinations and appeals, US District Court, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Department of Revenue, the Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals, and parish and municipal taxing authorities. He has made applications to the Taxpayer Advocate and has assisted clients in collections, in dealing with tax levies, and in the preparation and presentation of offers-in-compromise, innocent spouse relief, and installment payment arrangements. He has also applied for and obtained private letter rulings.In addition to his primary practice of taxation, Mr. McDermott represents and advises clients in the selection, formation, and governance of business entities, including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships. He represents hospitals and physician practice groups with respect to business and tax matters. He designs and drafts executive compensation packages and non-qualified deferred compensation plans. He also does estate planning and handles successions, probate, and estate administration matters.Before pursuing the practice of law, Mr. McDermott practiced in the tax department of an international CPA firm for five years in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. Mr. McDermott is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and he is a certified public accountant. He served on the examination committee for the Tax Law Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization and is an assistant bar examiner for the Louisiana State Bar Association. He was recently appointed to the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee.Mr. McDermott is a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations, National Lawyers Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge Estate and Business Planning Council, The Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, and the Planned Giving Council. Additionally, he is chairman of the board of governors for the Boys and Girls Club of Baton Rouge and was selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers. Articles and Publications Considerations for Making Beneficiary Designations for Life Insurance, Annuities and Retirement Accounts (Board Certified Tax Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization)