James M. Kane


James M. Kane, Attorney

I am a tax and trust controversy / litigation lawyer, licensed in Georgia, North Carolina and New York. Prior to law school, I was an IRS Agent with the Internal Revenue Service large-case examination division in Atlanta. My forte is the ability to identify, understand, and address the related litigation, tax, and non-tax factors that exist together frequently in probate, estate, and trust litigation. I also assist other lawyers as a consulting and expert witness in tax and non-tax litigation, especially where trusts are central to the dispute. I also handle planning for trust, estate, asset protection, and prenuptial (postnuptial) purposes, with my planning work influenced heavily by the various hurdles I see in the controversy / litigation arena.

I have 20+ years’ law firm experience previously with Atlanta law firms Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry. I graduated from Emory University Law School and also have undergraduate finance (University of Georgia) and graduate business (Georgia State University) degrees. Although I never worked as a CPA, I held a CPA certificate during my time with the IRS. In addition to my legal blog, I publish articles from time to time with Leimberg Information Services. My jazz guitar study is an important and enjoyable outside interest.

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  • Winner of the 2016 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning Tax Court Opinion Contest.
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine

Court Admissions

  • Superior Court of North Carolina
  • State and Superior Courts of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • United States District Court – Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals – 11th Circuit
  • United States Tax Court


James M. Kane

Monarch Plaza, Suite 625
3414 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326