Jonathan A. Block - Pierce Atwood LLP

Jonathan A. Block

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 207-791-1173

Jon Block, a partner and chair of the firm's Tax Practice Group, represents and advises clients with Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts tax problems. Jon litigates tax cases at the administrative level and through all levels of the court system, advises clients on transactional and multistate tax issues, obtains advance rulings for clients, and does a substantial amount of legislative and government relations work in the tax area.
Jon's substantive expertise in state and local tax encompasses corporate and individual income tax, business profits tax, sales and use tax, property tax, excise tax, transfer tax, and other state and local taxes. Jon also advises expanding and relocating companies on taking maximum advantage of available tax and economic development incentives. Jon's client base includes large, medium and small businesses as well as individuals.

Jon has been integrally involved with the design, drafting and enactment of many of Maine's tax exemptions and economic development programs. Jon also works hard to keep many of these programs on the books. Jon is also the state's leading expert on domicile and residency issues involving individual taxpayers.

University of PennsylvaniaBA 1985University of MaineJ.D. 1992Boston University School of LawLL.M 2000
Finance Authority of Maine

Case History

Recent Experience
  • Recently challenged property tax assessments for a multistate pipeline, a federal superfund site, a large electrical generating plant, a real estate developer and a major utility.
  • Successfully challenged Maine's sales tax on aircraft owned by nonresidents, winning a reversal in the Maine Supreme Court. Blue Yonder LLC v. State Tax Assessor, 2011 ME 49. Following this case, helped to secure legislation exempting all aircraft and aircraft parts from Maine sales and use tax
  • Numerous cases in New Hampshire involving major transfer tax disputes, business profits tax issues, reasonable compensation, and property tax matters
  • Successfully obtained domicile rulings for dozens of individuals
  • Helped numerous companies take advantage of Maine economic development incentives, such as Pine Tree Zones, New Markets Tax Credits, Business Equipment Tax Exemptions, sales tax exemptions and income tax credits ?
  • Regularly represents industries and individual businesses on tax issues before the Maine legislature. Recent examples include a group of Maine's largest manufacturers, aircraft services companies, and an energy company
  • Regularly represents the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants on legislative matters

Office Location

Merrill's Wharf
254 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Portland-ME Metro Area
Jonathan A. Block has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law

Other Information

Gender: Male