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Jon D. Seawright

Shareholder
Jackson
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Jon D. Seawright is a shareholder in the Jackson office, and concentrates his practice in the areas of health care and tax matters.

Featured Experience

Advised the policy department of a state department of revenue on the development and implementation of a state historic tax credit program to foster economic development.
Served as lead transactional counsel for the acquisition of five community hospitals and the related public/private partnerships developed to preserve charity hospital operations and long-term state financing.
Served as outside counsel for the operator of the largest U.S. network of hearing care clinics on transactional, regulatory and Medicare/Medicaid enrollment matters.

Professional Biography

Overview

Mr. Seawright has extensive experience in health care joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and physician practice matters, with a particular focus on issues unique to community and non-profit hospitals and gastrointestinal, ophthalmology/retina and audiology specialties. Mr. Seawright also has a growing practice in community development financing and structuring of tax incentives for business development and capital formation, with an emphasis on new market tax credits (NMTCs) and historic tax credits (HTCs).

His practice also includes state tax controversy matters and corporate and partnership tax planning.

Representative Matters
  • Advised the policy department of a state department of revenue on the development and implementation of a state historic tax credit program to foster economic development.
  • Served as lead transactional counsel for the acquisition of five community hospitals and the related public/private partnerships developed to preserve charity hospital operations and long-term state financing.
  • Served as outside counsel for the operator of the largest U.S. network of hearing care clinics on transactional, regulatory and Medicare/Medicaid enrollment matters.
  • Served as outside counsel for the largest gastrointestinal practice in Mississippi.
  • Represented developers, tax credit investors and lenders in NMTC and HTC transactions across the Southeast region with aggregate deal values in excess of $300 million.
  • Successfully represented a major manufacturer in the denial of a tax refund claim in excess of $400,000, which was based on a manufacturing tax credit.
  • Successfully represented major casino in state tax appeal of denial of refund claim that was in excess of $2 million and was based on use of gaming tax credits.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed – Mid-South Rising Stars (2008 – 2011) 
  • Listed – Mississippi Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders (2011)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions Law and Non-Profit/Charities Law (2013 – 2017); Corporate Law and Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law (2016 – 2017)
  • Named to Portico Magazine's "Portico 10" (January 2014)
  • Vice Chair – Health Law Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (2006)
  • Member – Planning Board for Tax Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division (2006)
  • Member – American (Business Law, Taxation, Health Law and Young Lawyers Sections), Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member – Baker Donelson Diversity Committee
  • Co-Chair – Baker Donelson Recruiting Committee (Jackson Office)  
  • Member – Board of Directors of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
Publications

Awards

Education

  • New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 2001
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2000, cum laude
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1997

Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2002

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