Jon D. Seawright

One Eastover Center
100 Vision Drive
Suite 400
Jackson, Mississippi 39211
T: 601.351.8921
F: 601.974.8921


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

  • Advises policy department of state department of revenue on development and implementation of state historic tax credit program to foster economic development.
  • Served as lead transactional counsel for the acquisition of five community hospitals in the LSU system and the related public/private partnerships developed to preserve charity hospital operations and long-term state financing.
  • Serves as outside counsel on transactional, regulatory and Medicare/Medicaid enrollment matters for operator of largest U.S. network of hearing care clinics.
  • Acts as outside counsel for largest GI 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 $300,000,000.
  • Successfully represented major manufacturer in denial of refund claim that was in excess of $400,000 and based on manufacturing tax credit.
  • Successfully represented major casino in state tax appeal of denial of refund claim that was in excess of $2,000,000 and was based on use of gaming tax credits.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-author – "Spotlight on Mississippi: Supreme Court Rules on Combined Group Member Tax Credits," Baker Donelson Tax Alert (February 2014)
  • Author – "Employers Subject to New Payroll Reporting Requirements in 2011," ABA Health eSource, Vol. 7 No. 6 (February 2011)
  • Author – "IRS Has Success Challenging LILO/SILO Transactions," Andrews Bank and Lender Liability Litigation Reporter (January 2009)
  • Author – "Health Savings Accounts: Congress Prescribes Remedy for Rising Healthcare Costs," American Health Lawyers Association Tax & Finance Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2 (August 2004)
  • Author – "Fifth Circuit Vacates Ruling in St. David’s Case: Control by Tax-Exempt Partner Required for Whole Hospital Joint Venture," American Health Lawyers Association Tax & Finance Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1 (January 2004)

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


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


  • 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