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Paul R. Jackson

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  • Muskegon

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Paul Jackson practices in the areas of tax and business law. Although Paul's practice involves all aspects of federal income taxation, he has particular expertise in counseling pass-through entities, including partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations. He's also experienced in capital transactions, mergers and acquisitions, redemptions, incorporations and liquidations. He has worked extensively with like-kind exchanges, both simultaneous and deferred, including deferred exchanges structured outside of the revenue procedures. He also has established Domestic International Sales Corporations for manufacturing companies throughout Michigan.

Paul provides tax counseling to many health care providers, including West Michigan's largest hospital group. He also works with nonprofit organizations and organizations exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

His business practice is focused principally on counseling and advising closely held companies on all general counsel matters, including shareholder and director concerns, capital contributions and distributions, governance issues, compensation planning, related leasing companies, contracts and forming and establishing subsidiaries and affiliated companies.


  • University of Florida LL.M. 1981 Taxation
  • University of Pittsburgh J.D. 1977
  • University of Michigan B.A. 1974


  • 1977, Pennsylvania
  • 1981, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Taxation Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Council of Taxation Section (2004-07, 1989-92)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Muskegon County Bar Association
    Treasurer (1991-92); Secretary (1990-91)


  • Restructured a Michigan nonprofit corporation, fully-taxable under federal law, into a limited liability company owned by more than 1,000 IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations, which made it eligible for a Michigan Business Tax exemption
  • Provided tax advice on the merger of a state-chartered banking corporation, the sale of a $200 million insurance company, the conversion of ordinary income into qualified dividends and other matters relating to acquisitions and dispositions
  • Developed acquisition strategies for a multistate healthcare provider, allowing it to retain the EINs of targets while achieving asset purchase treatment
  • Helped establish a real estate company within a consolidated group of manufacturing companies, eventually allowing for a tax-free split-off under IRC Section 355
  • Counseled a U.S. manufacturer with a Chinese subsidiary, enabling the manufacturer to take full advantage of a Chinese tax holiday
  • Counseled a client involved in the eventual development, ownership and operation of a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario

Honors & Awards

  • Top Lawyer in Tax Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019-21
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2017-Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014-16


Community Affiliations

  • Muskegon Civic Theatre
    Board of Directors (1996-06)
  • Muskegon Country Club
    Vice President (2010-Present); Board of Directors (2007-Present, 1993-95); Secretary (2008-Present, 1994-95)
  • Muskegon County United Way
    Board of Directors
  • West Michigan Symphony
    Board of Directors (2005-13; 2014-17); Chairman (2006-09)

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