Stephen D. Good

Partner

Overview

As a strategic corporate tax attorney, Steve Good is sought by companies who are pursuing transactions that need to be structured in a highly tax efficient manner, both for the company and its shareholders/investors. Working with business owners, private equity investors, hedge funds and private company executives, as well as in-house corporate counsel, Steve has a big picture view. His years of deal experience enable Steve to add value to a tax strategy discussion from the first hour.

Due to the business focus of his tax practice, and his 15 years as Managing Partner then CEO of Gardere, Steve understands what it takes to run a successful business. Coupled with his financial and corporate tax attorney background, this experience allows Steve to provide clients with practical legal advice that addresses their business needs.

Steve serves on the Executive Committee of the Dallas Regional Chamber and chairs the Public Policy Advisory Counsel. In these roles, he and the committee identify and address the policy issues that are most important to the North Texas economy, such as infrastructure developments, water and transportation. Steve understands that for many clients, these big picture policy issues influence future company decisions and, at times, are as important as their individual legal issues.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Member, Executive Committee, Dallas Regional Chamber
    • Chair, Public Policy Advisory Counsel
    • Former Chair, Economic Policy Committee
  • Member, Dallas Citizens Council
  • Former Board Member, Dallas Symphony Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, The Best Lawyers® in America (Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith eds., Woodward/White Inc.)
    • Tax Law (2012-2018)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers​ Magazine
    • Tax (2003, 2007, 2011, 2012)
  • Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™

Education

  • J.D., Yale Law School (1980)
  • B.S., Washington and Lee University (1977), summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Texas (1983)
  • Texas State Courts (1983)
  • Arkansas State Courts (1981)
  • New York State Courts (1981)
  • U.S. Tax Court (1983)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eighth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1987)

Representative Matters

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Advised client in connection with two-step acquisition of assets of an S corporation, including the application of the goodwill anti-churning rules
Represented global energy EPC contractor in the drafting and negotiation of various agreements associated with the consortium RFP bid to engineer, procure, construct and operate three fiber optic network projects in Peru
Represented client in connection with sale of business in exchange for contingent installment note; advised on tax treatment of unusual note features

Capabilities