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Michael S. Goode

Michael S. Goode

Michael S. Goode is an attorney in the Nashville office where he helps businesses and families with their tax, business and estate planning needs. On an international level, he also assists companies and individuals with corporate and estate planning needs, including the resolution of reporting requirements. Michael serves as a trusted advisor to governmental agencies, and both small and large companies on various taxation issues.

Michael has extensive experience in preparing estate and business succession plans for a variety of clients both large and small, including those with closely held family businesses, large retirement accounts, and complex legal issues.  He works directly with advisors, banks, and trust companies to provide innovative solutions to clients' wealth preservation needs.

Michael prepares local counsel opinion letters on large transactions regarding corporate matters.  He has assisted large financial institutions with policy development.  He prepares and reviews lease agreements, contracts, estoppels, and SNDAs.  He has prepared corporate and tax provisions for merger and acquisition agreements for transactions in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In addition, Michael has assisted private equity firms and other companies in the preparation of tax provisions for a variety of agreements.

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, successfully coordinating with attorneys in Asia to develop a comprehensive plan. 

Representative Cases

  • Prepared a complex estate plan for a client with a net worth in excess of $50 million
  • Primary preparer of corporate opinion letters for a $200 million dollar restaurant franchise sale
  • Prepared tax sections in merger and acquisition agreements, and reviewed international issues for a multinational technology manufacturer
  • Assisted in the preparation of transaction documents for the sale of a multiple office real estate company
  • Counseled a large banking institution in the creation of policies for deceased clients
  • Assisted a large retail client with business negotiations, and the preparation of legal documents for several new locations
  • 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)