Kaplin S. Jones - Varnum LLP

Kaplin S. Jones

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 616-336-6820

Kaplin concentrates his corporate practice on advising clients regarding choice of entity and transactional tax planning; structuring tax-free reorganizations and like-kind property exchanges; setting up and advising tax-exempt and nonprofit corporations; handling IRS audits and appeals hearings; commencing and settling tax litigation; formulating and drafting tax opinions; and preparing IRS ruling requests. Kaplin negotiates and structures the following types of transactions: asset and property acquisitions; stock purchases and sales; cash mergers, spin-offs, and tax-free reorganizations; leveraged buyouts and stock redemptions.
He has formed hundreds of limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures; structured mergers and conversions of such entities; and advised regarding tax planning, buyout provisions, option arrangements, shareholder agreements, and management and split-up issues. He consults regarding nonqualified compensation planning; drafts nonqualified and incentive stock options; develops and drafts plans involving stock appreciation rights, phantom stock, and unrestricted stock; analyzes "golden parachute" problems; prepares employment agreements and bonus formulas; and consults regarding rabbi trusts, key man insurance and other nonqualified benefits.

Brigham Young UniversityBA 1977Brigham Young UniversityBS 1978Brigham Young UniversityJ.D. 1981Georgetown University Law CenterLL.M 1983
American Bar Association State Bar of Michigan Utah State Bar District of Columbia Bar Grand Rapids Bar AssociationGrand Valley State University, Master of Science in Taxation Program Grand Rapids Public Museum Friends Foundation

Office Location

Bridgewater Place
333 Bridge Street, NW
P.O. Box 352
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Tax Law of the Grand Rapids Metro Area
Kaplin S. Jones has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tax Law

Other Information

Gender: Male