Michael L. Cook

Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC
Direct: 512.381.3001
Fax: 512.381.3010
mcook(at)cbjlawfirm.com
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Michael L. Cook is a founding member of Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC. Mike focuses his practice on taxation and real estate, which includes tax litigation, tax planning for business transactions, advising clients on tax implications of corporate acquisitions, partnership formation and restructuring, and real estate transactions. In the area of tax litigation Mike handles numerous administrative appeals each year and has tried federal tax cases in the United States Tax Court, the Federal District Court and handled appeals in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mike also has substantial experience advising clients in real estate matters, including advice and counsel to developers and owners in commercial real estate transactions and parties in real estate workouts. Mike is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and he is a Certified Public Accountant. Mike has also been listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America (in Tax and Real Estate) since its inception in 1983. Mike has been named a Super Lawyer in Taxation by Thompson Reuters Service (published in Texas Monthly) for the years 2003 through 2019.

Corby Brooks

Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC
Direct: 512.381.3002
Fax: 512.381.3010
cbrooks(at)cbjlawfirm.com
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Corby Brooks is a founding member of Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC. Corby concentrates his practice on taxation, business transactions and real estate transactions. He assists clients with tax planning, formation of business entities, structuring and re-structuring of joint ventures, buying and selling businesses and business interests, real estate transactions and succession planning. Corby also represents clients in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the Texas Comptroller. Corby graduated from the University of Texas School of Law with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Coif honorary society. Corby is a Certified Public Accountant who formerly practiced accounting with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) in Houston, Texas and Ernst & Young in Austin, Texas. Corby Brooks has been named a Rising Star in Taxation by Thompson Reuters Service (published in Texas Monthly) for the year 2009 and for the years 2011 through 2014. Corby has also been named a Super Lawyer in Taxation by Thompson Reuters Service (published in Texas Monthly) for the years 2014 through 2019.

Michael W. Johnson

Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC
Direct: 512.381.3003
Fax: 512.381.3010
mjohnson(at)cbjlawfirm.com
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Michael Johnson is a founding member of Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC. Michael’s practice primarily involves representing individuals and families in connection with their domestic and international tax, estate planning, and asset protection needs. In addition to his U.S. estate planning practice, he designs and implements strategies to address cross-border estate and tax planning for multinational families with U.S. investments or beneficiaries. He also represents both individuals and fiduciaries with regard to the administration of foreign and domestic trusts and decedent’s estates. Michael is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Tara A. Potts

Cook Brooks Johnson PLLC
Direct: 512.381.3006
Fax: 512.381.3010
tpotts(at)cbjlawfirm.com
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Tara Aevermann Potts is an attorney who concentrates her practice in the area of tax-exempt organizations.  She has advised numerous tax-exempt organizations on a variety of nonprofit corporate and tax-related issues under Section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code, including issues related to organization, qualification, combination, lobbying, political campaign activity, private inurement, excess benefit, and unrelated business income.  She also advises private foundations on issues related to self-dealing, minimum distribution requirements, excess business holdings, jeopardizing investments, taxable expenditures, and foreign activities.  She also advises supporting organizations, institutions of higher education, religious organizations, community foundations, donor advised fund sponsors, governmental entities, social welfare organizations, trade associations, business leagues, title-holding companies, and social clubs regarding issues specific to such organizations.  Tara is a Certified Public Accountant who formerly practiced with Arthur Andersen before attending law school.

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