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E. John Wagner, II


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:

  • Counsel in $680 million RIDEA joint venture with public REIT for the ownership, operation, and management of 36 senior housing communities in 12 states
  • Counsel to Florida licensee in regulated, vertically integrated medical agribusiness joint venture
  • Private developer’s counsel in relocation, public-private real estate co-development, and financing for Atlanta Braves spring training stadium and surrounding mixed use development
  • Counsel to specialty manufacturing business in merger with national public homebuilder
  • Negotiated $1.5 billion platform real estate joint venture and local partner joint ventures with global private equity firms
  • Negotiated global resolution of estate holding approximately 100 closely-held business interests
  • Negotiated long-term capital gain-eligible land banking joint ventures for multi-phase real estate developments
  • Negotiated $200 million joint venture with global private equity firm for acquisition of multi-state residential real estate development community portfolio
  • Negotiated joint venture with national homebuilder for acquisition of 9,500 acre, 11,000 unit mixed-used, multi-phase development project site
  • Seller’s counsel and tax counsel in $100 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
  • Negotiated joint venture for acquisition, development and resale of multi-phase, mixed use mid-rise redevelopment project
  • 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 partner in 2003. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana as well as Florida.


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.


  • 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



  • Bar

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

    • U.S. Tax Court


  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers, 2010-2019
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite, 2008, 2011, 2017
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts and Estates Law selected by American Law Media and Martindale-Hubbell, 2014



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