A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, John concentrates his practice in the areas of taxation, mergers and acquisitions, business law, real estate law, and estate planning. He serves as the firm’s administrative partner and chairs the firm’s Taxation Practice Group.
John regularly advises business clients in a variety of areas including mergers and acquisitions, business formations, succession planning, real estate, joint ventures and general corporate matters. He has considerable experience representing professional services firms, including accounting, engineering, and architectural firms, as well as insurance agencies, in purchase and sale transactions.
He has extensive experience involving a variety of federal, state and multi-state income and franchise tax issues relating to corporate, partnership and limited liability company acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings. John advises on a wide range of tax issues including Subchapters C, K and S, consolidated returns, income tax accounting, and captive insurance companies.
John currently sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for The Guidance Center in addition to acting as Treasurer and Trustee for the Grosse Ile Township school district.
Prior to joining the firm, John served at a nationally recognized accounting firm specializing in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and provided tax advice to clients in various industries including the automotive, transportation, publishing, food manufacturing, and health care segments.
John has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and DBusiness magazine as a “Top Lawyer.”
Insights & News
September 23, 2018
Kerr Russell sponsors, John and Kathleen Gatti attend Guidance Center 60th anniversary gala
Kerr Russell member John Gatti and his wife Kathleen Gatti helped celebrate The Guidance Center’s 60th anniversary last night at the organization’s gala, sponsored in part by Kerr Russell. John is on the Guidance Center board. He commented, “What a great event to celebrate The Guidance Center’s achievement.”
September 20, 2018
Kerr Russell recognizes our 2018 dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees - 21 attorneys, many for multiple practice areas.
September 12, 2018
Kerr Russell's John Gatti named to Leadership Detroit, Class XV
Kerr Russell member John Gatti has been named to Class XV of the Detroit Regional Chamber's Leadership Detroit program. Leadership Detroit Class XV showcases 70 leaders across Southeast Michigan representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.
September 11, 2018
Sneak peek of Dbusiness Magazine Top Lawyers photo shoot with Kerr Russell
A little sneak peek of today’s DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” photo shoot of Kerr Russell with the talented and gracious David Frechette. Thank you to Valerie Maness for her assistance.
August 15, 2018
15 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2019
A total of 15 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2019 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”
August 7, 2018
Cody Attisha contributes Choice-of-Entity in a New Business Landscape to Corp! Magazine's July/August 2018 issue
Kerr Russell associate Cody Attisha (taxation) contributes the article Choice-of-Entity in a New Business Landscape to Corp! Magazine's July/August 2018 issue. Member John Gatti (taxation) collaborated with Cody on the piece.
June 9, 2018
The Guidance Center's 2018 Summer Glow a breezy success; Kerr Russell sponsors, attends
Guidance Center board member and Kerr Russell partner John Gatti attended the 2018 Summer Glow on June 8 along with his wife Kathleen Gatti and Kerr Russell Director of Marketing Roy Sexton.
March 29, 2018
Detroit Public Television's PBSNewsHour and Nightly Business Report to be sponsored by Kerr Russell
Kerr Russell is pleased to support Detroit Public Television, and, beginning April 2, the following spot will air during PBS NewsHour (weekdays, 6-7 pm) and the Nightly Business Report (weekdays, 7-7:30 pm). View the spot here.
March 16, 2018
IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Coming to an End
On March 13, 2018, the IRS announced that it is ending the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) on September 28, 2018.
February 26, 2018
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week
Kerr Russell's latest ad Driven By Results debuts in Crain's M&A, Biggest Deals issue this week. The ad emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We understand the region. We know what moves Michigan. We are committed to the community.
January 26, 2018
Download Kerr Russell's updated firm brochure and overview of services
Kerr Russell is proud of Detroit. We are proud to have had a seat at the table here since 1874. Our exceptional attorneys understand the unique challenges facing business leaders. Our legal solutions are prompt, accurate, economical, and focused around your needs in every area. We know Michigan business like the back of our hands.
January 15, 2018
Influencing the Legal Landscape - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the third ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: Influencing the legal landscape. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We don't sit on the sidelines. We are active in industry groups and we're driving legislative change. We are leaders in the law.
January 8, 2018
Kerr Russell supports Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan
Thank you, Italian American Chamber of Commerce of Michigan, for inspiring pride throughout the Italian community and for establishing a relationship of trust and service between your members and our fellow citizens since 1919. [The ad above, designed by Nikki Horn, will appear in the IACC Grapevine newsletter throughout 2018.]
January 3, 2018
Kerr Russell highlighted in Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue
Look for Kerr Russell attorneys and advertising (pages 92-95) in the Best Lawyers - Business, Winter 2017 issue. Earlier in 2017, a number of Kerr Russell's attorneys and practice areas were honored with U.S. News and World Report Best Lawyers recognition.
December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
One of our traditions here at Kerr Russell is to hold a holiday raffle to benefit three local charities as well as to conduct a toy drive for local children. This year's raffle (many of the beautiful and festive prizes picture here) raised a record total of $3,450 which will be divided equally among three organizations: Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan, Inc., and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor.
November 30, 2017
Merry and bright ... Kerr Russell welcomes the holiday season
It's a time to celebrate, reflect and remember. However you mark the holidays, we hope your days are filled with warmth and thankfulness, good times, and endless cheer. As another year draws to a close, we at Kerr Russell are grateful to you. You give purpose to our work and add meaning to our relationships. Your trust is a cherished gift. Enjoy these images as we get our offices ready to celebrate the holiday season. Design by Mandy Lark of Lark Interior Design.
November 30, 2017
Kerr Russell, Boulevard Investment lunch and learn
Kerr Russell hosted Royal Oak's Boulevard Investment Banking at our Detroit office for a lunch-and-learn event on Thursday, November 30. From Boulevard's website: Boulevard is a boutique, investment banking and private investment firm focused on working with owners, operators, and businesses active in the middle market.
November 16, 2017
Culture of Connection - new Kerr Russell ad to appear in Michigan Lawyers Weekly and dbusiness
Kerr Russell introduces the second ad in the new Est. in Detroit 1874 series: A culture of connection. The piece emphasizes the firm's 143-year presence in Detroit as part of the larger business and legal community. We are relationship focused. We know our people and our clients are the lifeblood of our firm.
November 3, 2017
Kerr Russell launches new advertising in upcoming issues of dbusiness and Crain's Detroit
With this month's issue of dbusiness, focused on Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit, Kerr Russell launches its new brand advertising with A Track Record of Results. Working with Identity Public Relations and Marketing, Kerr Russell's marketing team developed the creative to emphasize the firm's longstanding place in Detroit's legal and business history.
November 3, 2017
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees
Kerr Russell recognizes this year’s dbusiness Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit honorees:
November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, for the eighth consecutive year, announce the Best Law Firms rankings.
October 29, 2017
The Guidance Center's Grape Expectations event nets $101,000 for Kids-TALK Children Advocacy Center
From Hour Detroit: On Sept. 28, The Guidance Center hosted its Grape Expectations for Kids Wine Pairing Dinner at the Colony Club Detroit. Guests enjoyed fine cuisine, a silent auction and live musical entertainment. Proceeds benefited the Kids-TALK Children Advocacy Center, a community-based program that serves children through 17 years of age, providing comprehensive services to suspected child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, or other forms of psychological trauma, including witness to violent crimes.
October 12, 2017
John Gatti presents at State Bar of Michigan's Fundamentals of Taxation
On October 12, John Gatti, member, presented Types of Taxes & Basics of Income Taxation as part of the State Bar of Michigan - Taxation Section's Fundamentals of Taxation program.
August 21, 2017
17 lawyers from Kerr Russell were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2018
A total of 17 lawyers from Kerr Russell have been named to the prestigious 2018 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America . The award is given annually in recognition of being named as part of the “top legal talent in the U.S.”
August 10, 2017
A culture of giving
If you want to know how a firm can thrive for over 140 years in a city that has faced considerable challenges, walk through the door of Kerr Russell’s suite on the 25th floor of the Detroit Center and get a feel for the people.
August 1, 2017
From Crain's Detroit: Partners acquire Linear AMS back from Moog (Kerr Russell mentioned)
From Crain's Detroit: East Aurora, N.Y.-based Moog Inc. has sold Livonia-based Linear AMS Inc. back to the subsidiary's founder and a partner after owning the additive manufacturing company for less than two years.
January 15, 2017
Kerr Russell receives consecutive awards from The M&A Advisor: John Gatti and Mike Gibson receive 2016 “Materials Deal of the Year” Award
Kerr Russell is pleased to have been recognized again by the M&A Advisor who today announced that Kerr Russell was among the winners of the 11th Annual Turnaround Awards.
November 7, 2016
Kerr Russell attorneys named 2017 Top Lawyers by dBusiness Magazine
Kerr Russell counts 11 attorneys among this year’s Top Lawyers as recognized by dBusiness magazine. The 2017 Top Lawyers were selected based on a peer review survey of 19,000 attorneys in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, and Livingston counties. Attorneys are asked to nominate lawyers among 48 legal specialties.
August 10, 2016
Kerr Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson named finalists by M&A Advisor for Restructuring Deal of the year Award.
Kerr, Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson have been named finalists for M&A Advisor's Restructuring Deal of the Year (Under $100MM) Award for their work in the 363 Sale of Quantum Technologies.
November 20, 2014
John Gatti presents Tax Implications of Exit Strategies for Corporations, Partnerships and LLCs to the Michigan Association of CPA's Northern Macomb County
•State Bar of Michigan
•American Bar Association
•Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Task Force, Member of Curriculum Task Force
•American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•Trustee/Treasurer Grosse Ile Township School District
•Board Member/Treasurer of The Guidance Center
•Leadership Detroit XL
•Vice Chairman of the Program Curriculum Task Force of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountant (MICPA)
•Member of Mergers & Acquisitions Task Force of the MICPA
•Vice President of The Guidance Center
•Secretary for Grosse Ile School Board
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