John C. Blackman IV

John C. Blackman IV


Jones Walker LLP

Recognized since 1987

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Tax Law

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates
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John Blackman is a partner in the Tax Practice Group. He focuses on employee benefit plans, estate planning, and individual, corporate, and pass-through entity income tax planning. John has drafted qualified plans, employment agreements, and deferred compensation plans; has advised and represented clients on tax and ERISA matters, including Internal Revenue Code Section 409A; and has frequently represented clients in matters involving ERISA litigation. He works with clients to draft complex wills and trusts; counsels them through complex successions; applies the income, gift, and estate tax laws to estate planning issues; and represents clients involved in gift and estate tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He has advised and guided clients through succession law controversies among executors, heirs, and legatees. John also advises clients on family business and succession planning and has advised on and litigated the issues that arise in connection with such areas of practice. John has obtained numerous private letter rulings from the IRS. In his individual, corporate, and pass-through entity tax practice, he has structured countless transactions, drafted complex limited partnerships and limited liability company operating agreements, and negotiated agreements involving complex taxable and tax-free purchases and sales of businesses. John is a tax specialist and an estate planning and administration specialist, as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel and a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. John taught individual income tax at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, from 1990 to 1993. He speaks frequently in his areas of experience.

Location

  • Suite 800
    445 North Boulevard
    Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Louisiana State University, J.D., graduated 1969
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., graduated 1966

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, LA

Affiliations

  • Louisiana State University Foundation Planned Giving Professional - Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee for Estate Planning and Administration - Chairman (1998-1999)
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American College of Tax Counsel - Fellow
  • American College of Trust and Estates Counsel - Fellow
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation Advisory Committee - Member
  • Committee of 100 for Economic Development - Member
  • Estate Planning Council of Northeast Louisiana - President (1976-1977)
  • Forever LSU Steering Committee for the College of Music and Dramatic Arts - Member
  • Fourth Judicial District Bar Association - President (1976-1977)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Louisiana State Law Institute - Committee on Trust Code Continuous Revision
  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Center Annual Estate Planning Seminar - Chairman, Planning Committee
  • Paul M. Herbert Law Center - Louisiana State University Alumni Board of Trustees

Court Admissions

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Tax Court

Jones Walker LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2013 - Tax Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Tax Law, Baton Rouge (2013)
  • Trusts and Estates, Baton Rouge (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Tax Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Special Focus

  • Business and Succession Planning
  • Corporate
  • Corporate and Partnership Transactions
  • Employee Benefits
  • ERISA
  • ESOPS
  • Estate Planning
  • Executive Compensation
  • Income Tax
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partnership
  • Partnership and Limited Liability
  • Planning for Closely Held Businesses
  • Probate
  • Subchapter S Corporations
  • Succession Planning
  • Tax
  • Tax Planning
  • Trusts and Estates

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