Jon Gaston counsels clients on a wide range of federal and state tax issues related to entity formation, structuring acquisitions and dispositions and other restructurings. He has become one of the preeminent legal practitioners in the tax-exempt area in the Mid-South and beyond and counsels public charities, private foundations and other tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations on an array of matters.

Public and private organizations and individuals alike look to Mr. Gaston for counsel on a wide range of federal and state tax transactional issues related to entity formation, structuring acquisitions and dispositions, and other restructurings.

Clients that seek his advice and counsel include:

  • individuals
  • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
  • partnerships
  • S corporations
  • tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations

Nonprofit corporations regularly seek guidance from Mr. Gaston when navigating unfamiliar tax-exempt matters and taxation issues peculiar to Tennessee. Tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations seek counsel in relation to a wide range of matters including:

  • formation and obtaining tax-exempt status
  • governance
  • international and cross border grant making
  • regulatory compliance and maintaining tax-exempt status
  • tax-exempt bond financing
  • state and local taxation

Mr. Gaston also represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and state tax authorities in audits, appeals, and obtaining letter rulings.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., Taxation
  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, J.D., cum laude
  • Samford University, MBA
  • Emory University, BBA
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Alabama
  • Tennessee
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • American Health Law Association
  • Family Office Exchange
  • Tax Section of American Bar Association
  • Former Vice-Chair, ABA Young Lawyers Division, Tax Committee
  • Co-author of Tennessee Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual
  • Member, Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville
  • Sennet Society of the United Way
  • The Family Center, Board of Directors, Former Member
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers High Net Worth guide, 2020-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Nonprofit / Charities Law, 2023-2024; Tax Law, 2021-2024
  • Rising Star, Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine, 2013, 2015-2018