Frequently recognized for his work representing companies, boards of directors, and private equity groups involved in the sale or purchase of companies owned in whole or in part by employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), John A. Kober, a corporate tax attorney, advises boards of directors, privately held companies, family businesses, management groups, ESOP companies, and private equity groups throughout the United States on merger and acquisition transactions, succession transactions, liquidity transactions, and governance. He also helps family business members resolve disputes.
As the Managing Partner of the Dallas office and immediate past co-chair of the firm’s ESOP practice, John lectures and writes extensively on private equity ESOP transactions. Frequent topics include private equity purchasing an ESOP company, shareholder liquidity and ownership succession; litigation involving fiduciary ESOP and lawsuits involving corporate boards of directors; and corporate governance of ESOP and family-owned companies.
John regularly appears at the local, regional, and national conferences of The ESOP Association. In addition, he attends the national conferences of the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO), Employee-Owned S Corporations of America (ESCA), the Family Firm Institute (FFI), the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG), and private equity conferences. He also gives presentations at programs sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bankers Association, and state bar associations.
John currently chairs the North Texas Family Firm Institute and remains active in several professional organizations. He is the past chair of The ESOP Association’s National Finance Advisory Committee.
Kansas State University, 1980, B.S.
University of Missouri, 1984, LL.M.
Washburn University School of Law, 1982, J.D.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Awards and Affiliations
Immediate Past Chair, Finance Advisory Committee of The ESOP Association
Member, National Center of Employee Ownership
Member, Employee-Owned S Corporations of America
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Texas Bar Association
Member, Tarrant County Bar Association
Member, American Institute of CPAs
Member, Attorney-CPA Association
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, Texas Society of CPAs
Member, Southwest Chapter of the ESOP Association
Listed, The Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2005)
Listed as Recommended, Labor and Employee Benefits, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008