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.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Tax, Estate Planning, Probate, Tax-Exempt Organizations
- Tax Disputes, Litigation, & Valuation
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
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
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