Stephen D. Good - Gardere

Stephen D. Good

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

As a strategic tax advisor, Steve Good is sought by companies who are pursuing transactions that need to be structured in a highly tax efficient manner, both for the company and its shareholders/investors. Working with business owners, private equity investors, hedge funds and private company executives, as well as in-house corporate counsel, Steve has a big picture view. His years of deal experience enable Steve to add value to a tax strategy discussion from the first hour.

Due to the business focus of his tax practice, and his 15 years as Managing Partner then CEO of Gardere, Steve understands what it takes to run a successful business. Coupled with his financial and tax background, this experience allows Steve to provide clients with practical legal advice that addresses their business needs.

Steve serves on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber and chairs the Public Policy Advisory Counsel. In these roles, he and the committee identify and address the policy issues that are most important to the North Texas economy, such as infrastructure developments, water and transportation. Steve understands that for many clients, these big picture policy issues influence future company decisions and, at times, are as important as their individual legal issues

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions
  • Texas State Courts (1983)
  • Arkansas State Courts (1981)
  • New York State Courts (1981)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1983)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1987)
  • Experience
  • Steve has represented a number of public and private corporations in various forms of stock and asset transactions, including tax-free reorganizations, spinoffs and asset-based transactions. He also has represented numerous private equity funds in connection with the acquisition and disposition of equity investments by the funds. Steve has provided tax advice to corporate debtors and real estate partnerships regarding the tax consequences of bankruptcy proceeds and loan restructurings.
  • In the real estate area, Steve has advised a wide variety of sophisticated real estate partnerships in connection with their formation and operation, and the acquisition of a wide variety of real estate interests, with a particular emphasis in the hospitality industry.
  • Steve has represented many taxpayers in connection with their tax controversies both at the federal and state levels, from the audit stage, through administrative proceedings, and if necessary, litigation. Steve was involved in two tax cases that were heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. Arkansas Best Corp. v. Commissioner, 785 U.S. 212 (1986), that dealt with the treatment of a loss on the sale of a capital asset as an ordinary loss, and Dickman v. Commissioner, 465 U.S. 330 (1984), that dealt with the gift tax treatment of a no-interest loan.
  • Represented client in settlement of IRS audit in connection with tax treatment of shareholder loans as possible constructive dividends
    Washington and Lee UniversityBS 1977Yale Law School J.D. 1980
    Arkansas Bar AssociationNew York State Bar Association Dallas Bar AssociationDallas Citizens Council

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Tax Law