John D. Gatti has more than 20 years of experience in business law and the laws of taxation.
A Certified Public Accountant as well as an attorney, John concentrates his practice in the areas of taxation, mergers and acquisitions, business law, real estate law, and estate planning. He serves as the firm’s administrative partner and chairs the firm’s Taxation Practice Group.
John regularly advises business clients in a variety of areas including mergers and acquisitions, business formations, succession planning, real estate, joint ventures and general corporate matters. He has considerable experience representing professional services firms, including accounting, engineering, and architectural firms, as well as insurance agencies, in purchase and sale transactions.
He has extensive experience involving a variety of federal, state and multi-state income and franchise tax issues relating to corporate, partnership and limited liability company acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings. John advises on a wide range of tax issues including Subchapters C, K and S, consolidated returns, income tax accounting, and captive insurance companies.
John currently sits on the Board of Directors and serves as Treasurer for The Guidance Center in addition to acting as Treasurer and Trustee for the Grosse Ile Township school district.
Prior to joining the firm, John served at a nationally recognized accounting firm specializing in the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, and provided tax advice to clients in various industries including the automotive, transportation, publishing, food manufacturing, and health care segments.
John has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America© and DBusiness magazine as a “Top Lawyer.”
- State Bar of Michigan
- American Bar Association
- Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Task Force, Member of Curriculum Task Force
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- Trustee/Treasurer Grosse Ile Township School District
- Board Member/Treasurer of The Guidance Center
- Leadership Detroit XL
- Vice Chairman of the Program Curriculum Task Force of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountant (MICPA)
- Member of Mergers & Acquisitions Task Force of the MICPA
- Vice President of The Guidance Center
- Secretary for Grosse Ile School Board
Bar and Court Admissions
- Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
- cum laude
- Order of the Coif
- University of Michigan, B.A.
- with high honors
Insights & News
May 9, 2019
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August 7, 2018
Cody Attisha contributes "Choice-of-Entity in a New Business Landscape" to Corp! Magazine's July/August 2018 issue
June 9, 2018
March 29, 2018
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February 26, 2018
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January 15, 2018
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December 18, 2017
Kerr Russell team makes holiday donations to Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Wigs 4 Kids, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor, and Children's Hospital of Michigan
November 30, 2017
November 30, 2017
November 16, 2017
November 3, 2017
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November 1, 2017
Kerr Russell ranked in the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list nationally in 1 practice area and regionally in 17 practice areas
October 29, 2017
October 12, 2017
August 21, 2017
August 10, 2017
August 1, 2017
January 15, 2017
Kerr Russell receives consecutive awards from The M&A Advisor: John Gatti and Mike Gibson receive 2016 “Materials Deal of the Year” Award
November 7, 2016
August 10, 2016
Kerr Russell, John D. Gatti and Michael D. Gibson named finalists by M&A Advisor for Restructuring Deal of the year Award.
November 20, 2014
John Gatti presents "Tax Implications of Exit Strategies for Corporations, Partnerships and LLCs" to the Michigan Association of CPA's Northern Macomb County
Purchases and sales of automotive suppliers.
Sale of a food manufacturing company.
Sale of various divisions of durable medical equipment retailer.
Establishment of joint ventures for manufacturers.