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James M. Kane



University of Georgia, B.B.A., cum laude with General Honors

Georgia State University, M.TX.

Emory University, J.D., with distinction

CPA License, 1984–1998

Revenue Agent in the IRS Large-Case Examination Division, Atlanta 1978-1982

Bar Admissions


North Carolina

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Supreme Court of Georgia

Court of Appeals of Georgia


James M. Kane is a tax lawyer licensed in Georgia, North Carolina and New York with 20+ years of experience. James’s practice includes (i) trusts & estates controversies and litigation, (ii) trusts & estates tax and asset protection planning, and (iii) trust and estate (probate) administration. James is currently broadening his planning practice to address issues for aging baby boomers (including Medicaid nursing home planning, etc.).  On the flip-side to his handling of a wide range of trusts & estates controversies, James’s planning work focuses on helping clients avoid and eliminate similar problems. 

In addition to his law degree from Emory University Law School, James has an undergraduate finance degree and a graduate Masters of Taxation degree. Although he never worked as a CPA, James held a CPA certificate prior to becoming a lawyer. Before attending law school, James was an IRS Revenue Agent (in the Atlanta Large Case Examination Division).  James is an AV Rated Lawyer on and is listed on

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Articles & Publications

  • "What Differences Make a Difference in Choosing a Lawyer?", Trusts and Estates Legal Strategies, 83-92 (Aspatore Books 2008)
  • "Waiting for the Death (and Resurrection?) of the Estate Tax," Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, August/September 2005
  • "Family Limited Partnerships and Strangi -- High Anxiety or ‘What, Me Worry?’" CCH Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, February/March 2004
  • "The Code Sec. 7525 Tax Practitioner Privilege vs. the ‘Tax Shelter’ Siege: What Will Be the Fallout?" CCH Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, October/November 2003 
  • “International Tax Treaties and State Taxation: Can the Federal Government Speak with One Voice?”, 10 Va. Tax Rev. 765 (1991)
  • "United States v. Verdugo-Urquidez: Myopia in International Enforcement -- The Ninth Circuit's Vision is Blurred", 4 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 95 (1990)