As a tax attorney on Husch Blackwell's Food & Agribusiness team, 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. 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 is a Missouri-licensed certified public accountant and 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.
Awards and Recognitions
The Best Lawyers In America, Litigation and Controversy-Tax, Tax Law, 2003-2015; Kansas City Litigation and Controversy-Tax Lawyer of the Year, 2014
•Chambers USA, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2008, 2011-2014
•Kansas City Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2002-2003, 2006-2007
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Tax, 2005-2013
•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.
6.18.13 New Tax Regulations Expand Opportunities for Elective Asset Sale Treatment
8.20.10 DOT Revised the Standard Industry Fare Level (SIFL) for Last Six Months of 2010
3.13.09 Stimulus Bill Provides Acquisition Tax Opportunities
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8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven Lawyers of the Year
Energy & Natural Resources ; Financial Services ; Food & Agribusiness ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation
5.23.14 Chambers USA 2014 Gives Husch Blackwell High Rankings in Nine Areas of Law; 40 Attorneys Recognized
Energy & Natural Resources ; Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction
10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 Lawyers of the Year
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals ; Real Estate, Development & Construction ; Financial Services ; Energy & Natural Resources
7.08.13 Husch Blackwell Represents NV Energy in Solar Deal with Apple
Energy & Natural Resources
6.03.13 Husch Blackwell Receives High Rankings, Praise from Clients in Chambers USA 2013
1.31.13 Husch Blackwell is Lead Counsel for Gaming Industry's First-Ever ESOP
11.01.12 Husch Blackwell Advises on $126 Million Sale of Kansas City Board of Trade
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States