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Jay A. Kennedy

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Biography

Mr. Kennedy's primary practice areas include corporate tax planning, including structuring of mergers and acquisitions, exempt organization qualification and planning, estate planning and individual income tax planning. Jay has extensive experience with federal Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects through his work with a leading Michigan affordable housing charitable organization. He is a former Chairperson of the Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association Taxation Committee, and a former Chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Taxation Section. Jay has written many articles on tax-related subjects for the Michigan Tax Lawyer and other publications and has been an instructor for several tax seminars, including the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education's After-hours Tax Law Series and the Taxation Section's Summer Tax Conference. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1981.

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Education

  • University of Michigan Law School J.D. 1979 cum laude
  • University of Michigan B.B.A. 1976 with distinction

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Member, Taxation Section and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Chair, Taxation Section (2007-2008); Member, Taxation Section Council (1998-Present); Member, Probate and Estate Planning Section; Former Chair, Corporations Committee; Former Editor, Michigan Tax Lawyer
  • Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association
    Past Chair, Taxation Committee

Experience

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2019 Detroit Tax Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2013-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Tax Law by DBusiness, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leading Lawyers Michigan, 2014
  • 2013 Five Star Wealth Manager award
  • Named a Michigan Super Lawyer, 2006

Publications

  • "Choice of Entity in a Dynamic Tax Environment," Michigan Bar Journal, December 2009
  • "Clinton Proposal Targets ESOP Owned S Corporations," Michigan Tax Lawyer, Second Quarter 1999
  • "1997 Tax Act Offers Limited Estate Tax Relief for Small Business Owners," Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fourth Quarter 1997
  • "New Business Purpose Guidelines for Section 355 Rulings," Michigan Tax Lawyer, First Quarter 1997

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Professional Affiliations

  • Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit

Community Affiliations

  • Grosse Pointe Park Foundation
    Current Trustee and Past President
  • University of Michigan Law School Fund
    1979 Class Agent

Speaking Engagements

  • “Federal Taxation of the Marihuana Industry,” Medical Marihuana – Legal Answers to Your Tough Questions webinar, December 4, 2017
  • "Distributions of S-Corporations," Tax Professionals & the IRS: Successfully Working Together Conference, Livonia, MI, June 21, 2017

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