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Donald E. Johnson

Tel: 205-930-5267
Fax: 205-212-3812
Katie Brannon

Don counsels business owners and corporations in areas of M&As, tax litigation, business organization for corporations and partnerships, and tax and business planning. He assists clients in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing transactions. Don works closely with business entities on state and local tax matters including incentive opportunities.

  • Counsels business owners and corporations on areas of mergers and acquisitions, tax litigation, business organization, including corporations and partnerships and tax and business planning
  • Represents taxpayers in connection with federal, state and local tax controversies and audits
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law
  • Alabama Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
  • Counsels developers and investors with regard to real estate income tax planning, including capital gain planning and like-kind exchanges
  • Frequent lecturer on corporate taxation, partnership taxation, like-kind exchanges and tax litigation
  • University of Alabama School of Law, Adjunct Professor of International Taxation
  • Admitted to practice
    • US Tax Court
    • US Court of Federal Claims
  • American and Alabama State Bar Associations



  • New York University
    LLM in Taxation, 1997
  • University of Alabama School of Law
    JD, summa cum laude, 1996
  • Auburn University
    BS, summa cum laude, 1993

Additional Accolades

Auburn University

  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma


University of Alabama School of Law

  • Alabama Law Review, Managing Editor
  • John A. Campbell Moot Court Board
  • Order of the Coif
  • Hugo L. Black Scholar
  • Alabama State Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award


New York University
  • Tax Law Review, Editor

  • Federal Tax Clinic, board member


  • Speaker, "Hot S Corporation Topics", Alabama Society of CPA's 2012 Annual Meeting
  • Speaker, "Tax & Legal Issues Impacting Real Estate", Alabama CCIM Chapter, August 2012 

  • Speaker, "1031 Exchanges," Alabama Society of CPAs, August 2013


Sirote & Permutt Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America© for 2015 - 8/19/2014

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 46 Sirote Attorneys as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2014 - 8/16/2013

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Sirote's Don Johnson to Speak About 1031 Exchanges at ASCPA Webinar - 8/15/2013

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Sirote & Permutt Present ASCPA "Hot Topics in Tax" Webinar Series - 7/25/2013

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Sirote Legal Alert: The Changing Tax Climate - 12/10/2012

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 43 Attorneys from Sirote & Permutt as the "Best Lawyers in America" for 2013 - 11/5/2012

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Seminar for CPA, Banking, and Commercial Real Estate industries! - 8/3/2012

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Corporate, Tax and Estate Planning Attorneys Speak at ASCPA Annual Meeting - 6/22/2012

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Sirote & Permutt Lawyers in the Tax Press - 5/9/2012

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Don Johnson Appointed to Board of Alabama State Bar Taxation Section - 7/18/2011

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Sirote's Don Johnson To Serve as Federal Tax Clinic Board Member - 7/29/2009

Sirote & Permutt shareholder Donald E. Johnson will serve as a Board Member for the 2009 Federal Tax Clinic. As a member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Johnson has a hand in planning a diverse program presenting a broad array of timely topics. The Board of Directors decides on program topics based on the Directorsí own experience regarding current trends and issues in taxation. Read More

Sirote & Permutt Attorneys to Speak at 95th Alabama Society of CPAs Annual Meeting - 6/3/2014

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