Dallas

TOWNSEND & JONES, L.L.P.
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ATTORNEYS

LAWRENCE R. ("LARRY") JONES, JR.
E-Mail: larry@tjtaxlaw.com

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Larry is a partner in the Dallas office of Townsend & Jones, L.L.P. He received his Law Degree from Southern Methodist University and his Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to entering private practice, Larry was a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice. During this time he received substantial trial experience in tax cases. Larry represents taxpayers at all levels of the IRS, and in litigation against the IRS. Larry is Director of the Federal Taxpayers Clinic and Small Business Clinic at the SMU Dedman School of Law, and teaches Federal Tax Procedure at the Law School.

Larry is a teacher, author, and recognized public speaker and authority on tax controversy matters, and how to effectively deal with the IRS. He has taught Criminal Tax Fraud and Taxation of Property Dispositions at the SMU Dedman School of Law. Larry has developed, written, and taught courses for various professional organizations involving all aspects of the IRS including but not limited to audits, appeals, collections, and negotiating with the IRS.

Larry is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure published by CCH, and he writes a column on examination issues for this publication. Larry has published various articles on dealing with the IRS. He is a co-author of Guide to Dealing with the IRS published by Practitioners Publishing Co. 

Larry is rated prominently in Chambers and Partners Americas Leading Business Lawyers as a Tax Lawyer ranked amont the top Tax Litigation and Tax Controversy attorneys in Texas.  Larry is also listed in Texas Superlawyers.

Larry frequently speaks to various groups on a variety of topics including how to Challenge the IRS in all areas of tax controversies.

Larry is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is married to Carol Jones, a registered nurse. He and Carol have three children, Michelle, Julie and Jill.

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JOHN A. ("JACK") TOWNSEND
E-Mail: jack@tjtaxlaw.com

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Jack practices in the Houston office of Townsend & Jones, L.L.P.  He received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967 and his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University in 1969.

From 1969 through 1977, Jack was a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. While with the Tax Division, Jack handled cases in the United States Courts of Appeals, with incidental work on briefs in opposition in the Supreme Court, from 1969 through 1974, and handled trials in the United States District Courts from 1974 through March 1977. Jack has been in the private practice of law in Houston, Texas since leaving the Tax Division and currently focuses his practice principally upon tax controversy and tax litigation matters..

Jack is an adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center where he teaches Tax Procedure and Tax Fraud and Money Laundering to undergraduate and graduate law students. Information regarding these classes may be viewed by clicking the UH Classes link in the frame at the left.  Jack has prepared two texts -- on Tax Procedure and Tax Crimes -- for student use in his courses.  In addition, Jack and colleagues have published a Tax Crimes book in the LEXIS-NEXIS graduate tax series.  Jack regularly participates in tax seminars and tax professional groups. Jack has also authored several tax articles in leading tax publications on tax litigation and other tax subjects. Jack has also been involved in several pro bono projects resulting in amendments to the Internal Revenue Code. The most rewarding of these projects was the amendment to Section 213 to permit deductions for travel and lodging while away from home for medical treatment, a project which arose from a presentation Jack made to the Ronald McDonald House in Houston.

Jack is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Jack is rated prominently in the following lawyer rating services -- Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers and Partners Americas Leading Business Lawyers as a Tax Lawyer nationally ranked in Tax Litigation and Tax Controversy .  In 2002, the Texas Lawyer, the publication for Texas legal news, ranked Jack in its “Go-to-Guide” (Oct. 2002) as being among Texas’ top 5 "Top Notch" tax lawyers.  In the selective quotes from the lawyers surveyed were the following:  "Understands how the IRS works and is not afraid to tackle any tax issue" and "Very ethical, but will push the government hard and demand everything in sight."  In 2012, the Texas Lawyer again ranked Jack as being among the 5 2012 Go-To Guide Finalists for Tax Law.. Jack is also listed in Texas Superlawyers.

Jack is married to Irene Townsend, a retired research nurse.  They have two children, Theresa and Michele.  Theresa is married to Cyril Mickiewicz, and they have two children, Elizabeth and Julia.  Michele is married to Scott Bell and they have three children, a daughter, Finley, and two sons, Sanders and Charlie.

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ASSISTANTS

DAWN REESING (Dallas)
E-Mail: dawn@tjtaxlaw.com

MERRY LEWIS DAVIS (Houston)
E-Mail: merry@tjtaxlaw.com

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