Jay always has his clients’ backs. His experienced tax counsel adds value to all types of transactions.


Jay resolves tax matters concerning acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, reorganizations and restructurings and helps privately-held businesses develop strategies for corporate acquisitions. He also leverages his strong knowledge of state income, sales and property tax law to represent clients in tax disputes with the Missouri and Kansas Departments of Revenue.

Jay’s experience comes from years of advising on all types of tax issues and a wide range of transactional and corporate governance issues. Jay has also represented clients in challenging tax litigation matters. He has extensive experience with telecommunications tax issues, most notably winning a victory for a telecommunications company before the Supreme Court of Kansas, reversing a prior decision holding that wireless companies should be treated as public utilities for property tax purposes.


Jay has significant experience as lead counsel in an array of tax planning matters, including structuring tax-free like-kind exchanges and tax-advantaged partnership and joint venture arrangements.

Policy-minded, Jay currently serves on a special task force of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association, where he assisted in drafting legislation to protect retailers from consumer suits alleging the over-collection of state and local sales taxes.

Jay is a past vice-chair of the ABA's State and Local Tax Committee within the Tax Section and an advisory board member on the Missouri Military Legal Assistance Team.

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Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association President's Award, 2016

Best Lawyers in America®, 2009 - Present

Best Lawyers in America, "Lawyer of the Year," 2020 & 2021

Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers®, 2007 - Present

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

American Bar Association, Tax Section, State and Local Tax Committee, Past Vice-Chair

American Bar Association, Tax Section, Special Task Force

Missouri Military Legal Assistance Team, Advisory Board Member

Practices & Industries


  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court


University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1985

University of Kansas, B.A., 1982

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