Mr. Geoffrey L. Gunnerson



Geoffrey’s practice focuses on federal, state and local taxation, employee benefits, executive compensation, and non-profit and tax-exempt entities. He advises clients operating in a broad range of industries on federal, state, and local tax issues that arise during business transactions. Additionally, Geoffrey advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, nonprofit corporations and individuals on federal, state and local tax issues (including advising start-up and emerging-growth companies from formation through liquidity in matters such as governance, debt and equity financing, equity incentive compensation, real estate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and other tax planning matters). He has also advises clients on tax credit financing (e.g., low-income housing tax credit, new markets tax credit, rehabilitation tax credit, renewable energy tax credit), transfer taxes, international tax, and tax penalties and additions to tax.


• Attorney Advisor to the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe, U.S. Tax Court – Washington, D.C. (2008-2011)

• Associate, Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., Phoenix, Arizona (2011-2017)

• Attorney, Burbidge & White L.L.C., Salt Lake City, Utah (2017-2019)

• Of Counsel, Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, P.C. (2019-present)

Professional Affiliations

• Member, Utah State Bar

• Member, Utah State Bar, Tax Section

• Member, Arizona State Bar

• Member, Arizona State Bar, Tax Section

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Business
  • Emerging Companies
  • Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Tax

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Westminster College, B.S.
Law School Attended:
University of Wyoming, J.D.; University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation
Year of First Admission:
2008, Utah; 2011, Arizona
Utah State Bar; Arizona State Bar.
Reported Cases:
Representative Experience: Tax-Exempt Organizations; Formation and application for tax-exempt status; Governance issues; Unrelated business income issues (e.g., qualified sponsorships, royalty income, rental income); Private benefit and private inurement matters; Excess benefit transaction issues (e.g., reasonable compensation, rebuttable presumption of reasonableness); Private foundation issues (e.g., self-dealing, taxable expenditures); Cause-related marketing, including commercial co-venture structuring and compliance issues; State charitable organization, fundraiser and commercial co-venture registrations; Lobbying and political issues; State and Local Tax; Transaction privilege tax, sales tax, use tax, business privilege tax and excise tax; Taxation in Indian country; Electronic commerce; Income tax; Tax-exempt organizations; Property tax

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