John Kober is frequently recognized for his mergers and acquisitions (M&A) work representing companies, boards of directors, and private equity groups involved in the sale, purchase, and recapitalization of privately owned companies. John is recognized for his experience in representing (i) private equity investors, family offices, and strategic buyers purchasing a company that is owned in whole or in part by an employee stock ownership plan (ESOPs), which has a set of unique transaction points; and (ii) board of directors of companies selling a family business enterprise or a company owned by an ESOP.
As an M&A corporate tax attorney, John advises many boards of directors of privately held companies, family businesses, management groups, boards of directors of ESOP companies, and private equity groups throughout the United States on merger and acquisition transactions, succession transactions, liquidity transactions, and corporate governance. He also assists family business members to find solutions to resolve disputes involving the family business.
As the managing partner of the Dallas office and leader of the corporate and business transactions practice in Texas, John lectures and writes extensively on family business and private equity transactions. Frequent topics include private equity transactions involving the purchase of a family business enterprise, family business liquidity transactions, private equity transactions involving the purchase of an ESOP company, shareholder liquidity and ownership succession; and fiduciary duties of corporate boards of directors of privately held companies, as well as ESOP companies.
John regularly speaks at local, regional, and national conferences.
John currently is a board member of the Ebby Halliday Foundation, chairs the North Texas Family Firm Institute, and remains active in several professional organizations such as the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants Fort Worth Chapter.
University of Missouri, 1984, LL.M.
Washburn University School of Law, 1982, J.D.
Kansas State University, 1980, B.S.
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Dallas, The Best Lawyers in America (2014–2020)
Recognized, Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly (2012)
Recognized, Labor and Employee Benefits, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008
Recognized, Who’s Who Legal: Texas (2008)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2005 and 2007)
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Institute of CPAs
Member, Kansas Bar Association
Member, Texas Bar Association
Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
Member, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
Member, Attorney-CPA Association
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, National and Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association