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Michael S. Goode

Michael S. Goode

Michael Goode is an attorney in the Nashville office where he helps businesses and families with their tax, business and estate planning needs. Michael also has a focus on international law, helping individuals and companies with both their international corporate and estate planning, including helping to resolve reporting requirement issues. He works closely with advisors, banks and trust companies to provide innovative solutions to clients' wealth preservation needs. Michael has become a trusted advisor on taxation issues for governmental agencies as well as small and large companies.

Michael represented a school district before the IRS under the Voluntary Correction Program and successfully resolved its pension plan’s operational failures without penalty to the school district. He has also written pension legislation under Georgia law for a large county school district. Michael served as the business attorney for a mid-sized Asian company purchasing its first United States factory and assisted a European executive with his foreign account reporting issues and negotiations with the IRS. He helped a client resolve complex corporate issues and then coordinated with attorneys in Asia to develop a comprehensive plan. Michael has helped businesses and individuals resolve many difficult issues and has also assisted private equity and other companies in the preparation of tax provisions for a variety of agreements.

Representative Cases

  • In a 5-to-2 decision in favor of Mr. Goode’s client, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a Gwinnett County court's finding that the will left by an individual was legally valid, despite changes she made in pen. Peterson V. Harrell, 286 Ga. 546, 690 S.E2d 151 (2010)
  • Assisted an Indian Company with establishing a sales office in Georgia
  • Assisted a Taiwanese company with the purchase of a factory in Georgia
  • Assisted several large school districts with 403(b) and flexible spending account issues
  • Successfully negotiated one of the largest Voluntary Correction Program submissions (for the district’s pension plan) with the IRS for a large school district that resulted in a possible $3 million dollar penalty being reduced to zero
  • Wrote new pension plan legislation for a large school district that was signed into law

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Professional Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Georgia Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2009, 2011-14)