Company: Kenton E. McDonald Attorney at Law
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Kenton McDonald, Attorney, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in tax planning, reporting, audits and appeals.
In preparation for his career, Mr. McDonald attended the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he earned a BBA in accounting in 1974. The recipient of a Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key, he continued his academic pursuits at the institution, graduating with a JD in 1977, and started as an associate with Matthews & Branscomb PA in Corpus Christi, Texas. After rising to the rank of a partner with the firm, he departed in 1987 and accepted a position as assistant to the commissioner with the IRS in Washington, D.C., where he remained until 1989. During his tenure with the IRS, he received a Commissioner’s Award in recognition of his excellence in the position.
Mr. McDonald became a shareholder of Branscomb PC in 1989, a position he held for more than 25 years. In 2018, he started as an attorney and counselor in his private legal practice, where he continues to leverage his academic foundations in accounting and his experience with the IRS as a specialist in tax law. Since 1983, he has held board certification in Tax Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Mr. McDonald maintains affiliation with numerous professional organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi, the American Bar Foundation and the American Law Institute. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and serves as the chair of the taxation section of the American Bar Association’s natural resources committee. A lifetime devotee to the law, Mr. McDonald always had the sense that he wanted to become a lawyer. He became the first in his family to attend college, and pursued a degree in accounting after his father recommended the profession. Combining his innate interest in the law with his education, he has established himself as an accomplished legal professional in his more than 40-year career.
Throughout his professional pursuits, Mr. McDonald cites Harvey Branscomb as a phenomenal mentor and inspiration. He also credits Larry Gibbs as a mentor and believes that the key to success in the law is to devote oneself to learning the craft. Mr. McDonald advises aspiring legal professionals to find good mentors and form strong relationships, as mentors are the best sources of training. He finds tax law to be akin to solving a puzzle—it’s all about navigating the economics, personal problems and complications inherent in business transactions and taxation.
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