John P. Corrigan

John is a founding member of Corrigan, Baker & Levine, LLC. He has been practicing law for over 25 years and also holds and/or previously held the professional license designations of Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). Combining such professional training with an MBA allows John to look at complex business matters with a different point of view which sets him apart from professionals who may have significant experience but in just one discipline. In fact, John is frequently engaged by other legal, accounting, insurance and financial firms to assist on their own client matters needing specific experience beyond their own capabilities.

John utilizes his extensive legal, business, tax and financial experience to concentrate in practice areas including business law, contracts, M&A and formational transactions, executive compensation agreements, corporate, LLC and personal income tax planning and wills, trusts and estates. Over his career, he has represented multi-billion dollar international corporations (public and private) as well as start-up companies and family-owned businesses in a variety of corporate and personal matters. John is a regular author on M&A articles as well as a speaker at annual conferences and webinars on this topic.

From 1996-2006, John was a founding member of The Breakwater Group, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that provided multi-faceted business planning, financial and tax consulting and business valuation services for private companies and high-net worth individuals, including publishing, insurance brokerage, employee benefits, paper recycling, telecommunication manufacturing, commercial real estate, pharmaceutical, computer consulting, sports marketing, food distribution and environmental services.

From 1992-1996, John served as Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Tax Counsel of White River Corporation, a publicly-traded investment holding company. While at White River, John worked closely with executive management in the development of complex legal and financial strategies and was responsible for all legal, tax and employee benefit issues, including acquisition due diligence, divestiture of non-strategic operations, the design and implementation of several executive compensation plans and SEC regulatory compliance relating to White River’s money management operations. He also was a key player in several tax related legislative and lobbying initiatives in Washington.

From 1989-1992, John was the Assistant Tax Director of Frank B. Hall & Co., formerly a New York Stock Exchange-listed company and one of the nation’s ten largest international insurance brokerage and benefit consulting organizations. While at Frank B. Hall, John designed and implemented tax strategies for the company’s foreign and domestic operations. He was also a key contributor in the firm’s merger and acquisition activities.

From 1982—1989, John was Senior Tax Manager at Touche Ross & Co., a predecessor firm to Deloitte & Touche, LLP, one of the world’s largest international accounting and consulting firms. While at Touche Ross, he specialized in the development of complex tax planning strategies for large public and private multinational corporations, as well as for high net worth individuals. John served clients in the financial services, real estate, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, publishing and manufacturing industries.

ADMISSIONS & COURTS
New York State Bar
U.S. District Court – Southern District of New York
Westchester County Bar
Connecticut Bar
U.S. Tax Court

EDUCATION
Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
Pace University, MBA, cum laude
Pace University, BBA, cum laude