Williams Parker Attorneys at Law Sarasota Attorneys

E. John Wagner, II

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E. John Wagner, II

John is a board certified tax attorney and chairs the firm’s Corporate and Tax practices.

He represents executives, entrepreneurs, and real estate investors in tax, transactional, capital raising, estate planning, and estate administration matters.

His experience is reflected in his representative matters:

  • Negotiated $1.5 billion platform real estate joint venture and local partner joint ventures with global private equity firms
  • Seller’s counsel and tax counsel in $50 million business disposition
  • Tax counsel in sale and tax deferred joint venture transactions with public REIT
  • Obtained Tax Court order reversing $3 million IRS Collection Due Process Levy determination
  • Designed individualized estate plans for entrepreneurs and other high net worth individuals
  • Tax counsel in estate, gift, and income tax disputes, including valuation disputes, with the Internal Revenue Service
  • Obtained first-of-its-kind private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service approving a legal structure for independent “qualified intermediaries” in tax-deferred Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 exchange transactions
  • Tax counsel in $110 million multi-state multi-property 1031 exchange
  • Tax counsel to real estate developers in corporate and tax structuring for residential and commercial developments
  • Negotiated $120 million real estate development joint venture
  • Negotiated and structured compensation for executive management in private equity portfolio companies and other private enterprises
  • Negotiated licensing agreement for multi-acre artificial recreational water feature utilizing Crystal Lagoons technology

Additionally, John serves as an editor of The Williams Parker Business & Tax blog, which focuses on current issues and important legal developments pertaining to business and tax matters.
 
John joined the firm after serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Law and was named a shareholder in 2003.  He is licensed to practice in Louisiana as well as Florida.


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What is Board Certification?

Board certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of competency and experience. Certification recognizes an attorney’s special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice. It is designed to help consumers identify specialists in various areas of law. Only 6% of eligible Florida Bar members are board certified. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken extra steps to have their competence and experience evaluated.

Tax Law Certification

Certified tax law lawyers deal with legal issues pertaining to federal, state or local income, estate, gift, ad valorem, excise, or other taxes.

EDUCATION

  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida
  • J.D., University of Florida College of Law, With High Honors; Order of the Coif; Florida Law Review, Editor in Chief; Florida Tax Review, Member
  • B.S., Spring Hill College

PRACTICES

ADMISSIONS & LICENSURE

  • Bar

    • Louisiana
    • Florida, Board Certified in Tax by The Florida Bar
  • Courts

    • U.S. Tax Court

HONORS

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers, 2010-2018
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2008, 2011, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates Law selected by American Law Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

BAR & CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation, 1031 Exchange Subcommittee, Chair
  • Continuing Professional Education Lectures—IRS, ABA Section of Taxation, FICPA
  • Argus Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Florida Bar, Twelfth Circuit Grievance Committee, Former Chair
  • School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County, Past Director
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