John Kelly is Of Counsel at Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky. John is experienced in solving complex business and financial issues in a tax efficient manner. Having served manufacturing, service, retail, high tech, software, financial, oil and gas, health care, transportation, telecommunication, recreation, and international businesses, John is able to offer sophisticated insights to common problems.
John handles tax planning and tax disputes involving all facets of federal, state, and local tax law. John has represented buyers and sellers in M&A deals ranging from $200,000 to $26B, involving both publicly traded and privately held businesses. In tax audits and appeals, John has successfully represented a taxpayer before the IRS involving more than $1B in tax loss carryforwards, for another client obtained $28M in federal tax refunds, and for many different clients obtained reductions of many hundreds of thousands of dollars in state and local tax assessments. For specialized industry clients, John has collaborated across the industry to convince the IRS to eliminate a burdensome, industry-specific tax, eliminate burdensome record keeping for customers, and issue favorable depreciation guidance.
John was born in New York and raised near Pittsburgh. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he attended law school at the University of Pittsburgh. John began his tax career with the Pittsburgh office of a national CPA firm, then shifted to a local law firm. After that, John began a five year stint as Tax Counsel for Eastman Kodak in New York. Later he moved to New Jersey where for twelve years he was Senior Tax Counsel for Verizon Wireless and Assistant General Counsel for Verizon Communications. He recently returned to Pittsburgh to join Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky.
John’s Tax Practice focuses on: