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John R. Allender


John R. Allender


T:+1 713 651 5664

Jack Allender is Head of Tax, United States.

Jack's practice focuses on taxation and corporate matters with an emphasis on federal income taxation. Jack is frequently involved in the planning and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, spin-offs, tax planning for corporations and individuals and selected tax controversy matters. He has significant experience in federal tax matters relating to corporate taxation, reorganizations, incorporations, consolidated tax returns and related tax issues.

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  • Education

    LLM, Taxation, New York University School of Law, 1976
    JD, cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law, 1975
    BS, Business and Economics, Iowa State University, 1972

    Jack was admitted to practice in California in 1976 and in Texas in 1977.  Jack is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

  • Admissions
    • California State Bar
    • Texas State Bar
  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Tax - US taxes - non-contentious, The Legal 500, 2016 
    • Lawyer of the Year, Houston: Tax, Best Lawyers, 2012
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Tax: Domestic Tax: Central, The Legal 500, 2013 - 2015
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, Tax: Controversy, The Legal 500, 2012 - 2015
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 1995 - 2019
    • World Tax, United States: Dallas/Houston, International Tax Review, 2015
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Tax, Chambers & Partners, 2007 - 2018
    • Texas Super Lawyers, tax, Thomson Reuters, 2003 - 2018
    • Tax, Expert Guides, 2012, 2014
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Top 100 attorneys in Houston, Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2018
    • Legal 500 US, The Legal 500, 2009 - 2013
    • Who's Who in America, Marquis
    • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis
    • Who's Who in the World, Marquis
  • Publications
    • Co-author, "Between Obamacare and the Bush Tax Cuts, Taxes Will Increase in 2013, But How Much? Can Planning Help?," Fulbright Briefing, August 27, 2012
    • "The Changing Realm of Tax Law," Inside the Minds- Winning Legal Strategies for Tax Law, Asparte Books (2005)
  • Speaking engagements

    Jack is a frequent speaker on various taxation topics, including:

    • "SPIN-OFFS An Overview," Fulbright & Jaworski LLP webinar, December 2013
    • "Selected Recent Developments in Corporate Taxation-Mergers & Acquisitions and Spin Offs," 55th Annual University of Texas Taxation Conference, November 2007
    • "Changes - Tax Law and Tax Practice," Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, September 2003
    • "Tax Practice - With New Laws, New Rules and Recent Indictments, the Government Ups the Ante," Houston Tax Executives Institute, Inc. - Houston Chapter, August 2003
    • "Contingent Consideration and Contingent Liabilities in Acquisitions," Tax Executives Institute, Houston, Texas, March 2001
    • "Consolidated Return Regulations Update and Corporate Tax Presentation including COBE Regulations and Continuity of Interest in Section 351 Issues," Houston Bar Association Section of Taxation, March 1999
    • "The New and Improved Continuity of Interest and Continuity of Business Enterprise Regulations," Sixteenth Annual Advanced Tax Law Course, Houston, Texas, September 1998
    • "Consolidated Return Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions," Thirteenth Annual Texas Federal Tax Institute, State Bar of Texas Section of Taxation, San Antonio, Texas, June 1997
    • "Tax Free Reorganizations in Acquisition Transactions," Ninth Annual Houston Chapter Tax School, Tax Executives Institute, Inc. - Houston Chapter, February 1997
  • Memberships and activities
    • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
    • State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation, Former Chair
    • Houston Bar Association, Section of Taxation, Former Chair
    • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Tax Advisory Commission (1986 - 2000)
    • Ronald McDonald House of Houston
      • Board of Trustees (1989 - present)
      • President (2003 and 2004)
    • Southwest Research Institute, Trustee
    • Catholic Charities of Galveston/Houston Diocese, Director / Trustee / Chair of the Legal Committee