W. William Gust

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Biography

Bill Gust is a Senior Tax Partner with Gentry Locke. For more than 30 years, Bill has worked with closely held business owners relative to tax, employee benefits, corporate, and sophisticated estate planning matters. With his expertise in implementing business succession strategies, Bill has assisted in the successful transition of many privately held businesses, through sales, mergers and implementation of numerous ESOPs. A member of the American College of Trust and Estates Counsel, National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO) and the ESOP Association, Bill is a frequent lecturer on estate, business and tax planning as well as IRS and DOL compliance matters. As a part of his corporate practice, Bill also is active in the purchase and sale of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and regularly advises aircraft owners and aviation companies relative to aircraft purchase, leasing, and FAR Part 91 and Part 135 operations. He is consistently noted as a Virginia Super Lawyer in Tax Law, based on his high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, and is consistently noted by Best Lawyers in America list for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law.

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What makes Gentry Locke different?

The firm is an interesting amalgam of people. We are hard working. We have created a culture based on relationships and respect. Personally, I take great interest in my clients.

Experience

•Successfully represented numerous companies in tax controversies involving coal excise tax disputes in United States District Court, United States Tax Court, and the Court of Federal Claims, resulting in substantial taxpayer recoveries
•Represented numerous professional and other corporations in the design and implementation of qualified retirement plans and unqualified deferred compensation arrangements for key employees
•Represented numerous corporations in the negotiation and implementation of mergers and other restructuring with transaction values in excess of $170 million
•Serves as a Consultant of Corporate Capital Resources LLC, a wholly owned consulting subsidiary of Gentry Locke; established to provide fee-only business succession consulting services to owners of closely held companies
•Represents numerous public and private companies in the adoption and operation of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and subsequent stock purchases from public and private shareholders
•Structured and implemented numerous acquisitions of turbine and rotary aircraft for U.S. and foreign companies; oversees compliance with FAR Part 91 and Part 135 operations
•Represents many individuals and families in the structuring and implementation of sophisticated estate plans, designed to minimize the negative impact of state and federal taxes

Awards

•Designated one of the “Legal Elite” by Virginia Business magazine for the area of Taxes/Estates/Trusts/Elder Law (2015-2017) and Business Law (2018)
•Named “2017 Roanoke Lawyer of the Year for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law” by Best Lawyers in America and consistently noted for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Tax Law

Library

•Ten Gentry Locke attorneys named to 2018 Legal Elite list
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Dec 2018
•21 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America
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Aug 2018
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
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Apr 2018
•Partner Bill Gust presenting at two ESOP events: NCEO (Atlanta) and ESOP Association (Charlottesville)
News
Feb 2018
•Overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017
Articles
Feb 2018
•Cyber Security Risk From a Fiduciary Perspective -- ESOP Association Conference
Events
Feb 2018
•Mitigating Cyber Security Risk from a Fiduciary Perspective -- NCEO Conference
Events
Feb 2018
•Gentry Locke attorneys again recognized as 2017 ‘Legal Elite’
News
Dec 2017
•22 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2018 Best Lawyers in America
News
Aug 2017
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2017 Virginia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars
News
Apr 2017
•Best Practices for ESOP Transaction Design in an Era of DOL Scrutiny
Events
Jan 2017
•Managing an ESOP Termination
Events
Jan 2017
•Fifteen Gentry Locke Attorneys Recognized as 2016 “Legal Elite”
News
Dec 2016
•Twenty-Two Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America
News
Oct 2016
•Twenty-six Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2016 Virginia Super Lawyers
News
Apr 2016
•Ask the Experts: Your Questions Answered about First and Second Stage Transactions
Events
Mar 2016
•Second State ESOP Transactions
Events
Mar 2016
•Fourteen Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to “Best Lawyers in America Business Edition/Winter 2016” by Best Lawyers
News
Jan 2016
•Ten Gentry Locke Attorneys are 2015 Legal Elite by Virginia Business Magazine
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Dec 2015
•23 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to 2016 “Best Lawyers in America”
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Aug 2015
•28 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named 2015 Virginia Super Lawyers
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Apr 2015
•2015 Employee Ownership Conference
Events
Apr 2015
•2015 ESOP Invitational Conference
Events
Mar 2015
•Twenty-One Gentry Locke Attorneys Earn Best Lawyers Designations and One Lawyer of the Year
News
Aug 2014
•27 Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Lists of 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
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Jun 2014
•Twenty-two Attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America list; Firm Ranked in Tier 1 for Best Law Firms
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Aug 2013
•Twenty-five Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Virginia Super Lawyers for 2013
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Jun 2013
•Peanut Corporation of America Update
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Feb 2013
•2013 Top Rated Lawyers at Gentry Locke
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Oct 2012
•Twenty-four Gentry Locke Attorneys Named Best Lawyers
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Sep 2012
•Twenty-four Gentry Locke Attorneys Named to Virginia Super Lawyers for 2012
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Jun 2012
•Gentry Locke Attorneys Listed in 37 Legal Eagle Categories
News
Apr 2012
•Twelve Gentry Locke Lawyers Named to 2012 Virginia Legal Elite
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Dec 2011
•Gentry Locke Lawyers Named to 2004 Virginia Legal Elite
News
Dec 2004

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Member, Tax, Trusts and Estates, Health Care, Business Law Sections, Virginia State Bar
•Member, Tax, Employee Benefits, Corporate Sections, American Bar Association
•Member, Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council
•Member, ESOP Association; NCEO, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ESOP Associations

Areas of Practice (28)

  • Corporate Capital Resources
  • Business & Corporate
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Tax Aircraft & Aviation
  • Banking
  • Employment & Labor
  • Business Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Entity Formation & Governance
  • Estate Planning
  • Executive & Professional Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity Financing
  • Government Contracting
  • Employment & Non-Compete Agreements
  • ERISA Claims
  • Termination Issues (RIFs/WARN/Releases)
  • Physician Practices
  • Start-up Companies
  • Audits & Tax Controversies
  • Employment Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Tax Planning - Business Entities
  • Tax Planning - Individuals & Families
  • Acquisition & Development

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
540-983-9305  Phone
540.983.9400  Fax
www.gentrylocke.com/gust
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 40013, Roanoke, VA 24011
University Attended:
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 1977
Law School Attended:
George Mason University School of Law, J.D., with distinction, 1981; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation, 1983
Year of First Admission:
1981
Admission:
1983, U.S. Tax Court; 1981, Virginia; 1984, U.S. Claims Court
Memberships:

Affiliations

•Member, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport Commission (past Chairman)
•Past Chair, Board of Governors, Trusts and Estates Section, Virginia State Bar
•fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
•Member, Tax, Trusts and Estates, Health Care, Business Law Sections, Virginia State Bar
•Member, Tax, Employee Benefits, Corporate Sections, American Bar Association
•Member, Roanoke Valley Estate Planning Council
•Member, ESOP Association; NCEO, Mid-Atlantic Chapter of ESOP Associations

ISLN:
906812066
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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