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John McGown, Jr.

Of Counsel
PHONE 208.344.6000   FAX 208.954.5237   EMAIL

John McGown is an experienced tax attorney, with depth in a broad range of tax-related areas achieved through over 30 years of practicing law with Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm. He has taught graduate courses in estate planning, partnership tax, state taxation, tax-exempt organizations, and personal financial planning.

John has served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the Idaho State Bar and of the Idaho Tax Practitioner Liaison Committee (to the IRS). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America by having been selected in (1) Tax Law and (2) Trusts and Estates annually since 2007. For 2013, he was selected as Boise Tax Law Lawyer of the Year. John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was selected in Tax, Estate Planning & Probate and Non-Profit (2013 and 2014).

John was selected to receive the Distinguished Lawyer Award in 2014. It is the highest singular recognition bestowed upon any individual member of the Idaho State Bar. This award is given to an attorney (or attorneys) each year who has distinguished the profession through exemplary conduct and many years of dedicated service to the profession and to Idaho citizens.

In his spare time, John enjoys being active outdoors and has completed 17 Races to Robie Creek (toughest half marathon in the West) and reached the Summit of Mt. Borah, Idaho’s highest point.

Specialties: John McGown practices general tax law, estate planning, tax disputes, tax-exempt organizations, and probate law. He also practices as a mediator.

Practice Areas


Law School: University of Denver, LL.M., in Taxation, 1981, top five percent of class

University of Colorado, J.D., 1974

Undergraduate: University of Kentucky, B.S., Accounting, 1971

Community Activities

Law Day Volunteer, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013

Pioneer Toastmasters 1990-2011, President 1991

Sunday School Teacher, 1998-1999, 2003-2004

Volunteer Mediator for Idaho State Bar Fee Dispute Program, 2003-present

The ARC, Inc., Board of Directors, 1987-1993 and President, 1991-1992

Professional Activities

Visiting Professor, University of Idaho College of Law, 2010

Adjunctive Faculty, University of Idaho College of Law, 2006

Adjunctive Faculty, Boise State University teaching Research in Federal Taxation, 1983

Associate Professor, Boise State University, 2000-2002 (graduate faculty)

Deputy District Attorney, Weld County, Colorado, 1975-1978

Certified Public Accountant: Colorado, 1975 (inactive); Idaho, since 1982


Main Office: 877 W Main Street, Ste 1000, Boise, Idaho 83702   208.344.6000
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