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John McGown

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, 2015, 2017 and again for 2019, he was selected as Boise Tax Law Lawyer of the Year. For 2018, he was selected as “Boise Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year.”  John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was selected in Tax (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).

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 Summits of Mt. Borah, Idaho's highest point, and McGown Peak.

Specialties: John McGown practices general tax law, estate planning, tax disputes, tax-exempt organizations, and probate law.