John Wertz is a tax attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office. Mr. Wertz focuses his practice on federal, state and local tax (SALT) planning, tax controversy and state tax legislative affairs.

Mr. Wertz has vast experience in a variety of tax matters, having worked at major accounting firms, a national insurance agency, a major TV network and an AmLaw 200 law firm after he began his career at the Internal Revenue Service. He has handled tax controversy matters at the federal, state and local levels. In addition, Mr. Wertz has handled all phases of federal income tax (corporate, individual, partnership and estate), as well as prepared and tried cases before the U.S. Tax Court.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Wertz was a tax attorney at a Big Four accounting firm, and served 15 years in management and tax counsel roles for a multinational mass media conglomerate with interests primarily in film and television.


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation
  • Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Boston College, B.A., English and Sociology, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Tax Court


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