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Donald F. Wood

Donald F. Wood Of Counsel, Tax

Don’s practice is focused on the resolution of tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and in the courts. In addition, he advises clients on personal income tax matters and serves as a counselor to high-net-worth individuals on their tax and family issues. He counsels numerous families with significant wealth on multigenerational gift and estate matters, family business planning matters, and intra-family dispute resolution issues. Don also advises on charitable gift and foundation matters, conservation easements, and controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, including hobby loss allegations. He has handled numerous income, estate, and gift tax cases before various IRS Appeals offices.

Don has litigated several tax cases in the U. S. Tax Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. A significant part of his practice involves the valuation for federal tax purposes of various assets, including closely held businesses, family limited partnerships, water rights, fine art, and undivided interests in various types of assets.

Experience Highlights

  • Estate of James A. Elkins, Jr., Deceased  v. Commissioner, 767 F.3d 443 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • The University of Texas System (on behalf of its medical schools) v. United States, 759 F.3d 437 (5th Cir. 2014)
  • Garwood Irrigation Company v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2004-195

Contact Details


T +1.512.542.8600
F +1.512.236.3333
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78746-7568
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Don's Practices

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1969
  • Washington University, B.S.B.A., Accounting, 1966
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Tax Law, 1987–2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Austin Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2014
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2017
    • Legal 500 U.S., Tax Controversy, 2011–2013
    • Fellow: American College of Tax Counsel
    • Member: American Bar Association; Section of Taxation, State Bar of Texas; Austin Bar Association
    • Former Co-Chair: National Conference of Lawyers and CPAs, 1995–1997
    • Former President: Houston Bar Foundation