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John J. O’Neill

John J. O’Neill


John is a business, transaction and tax lawyer. He has a broad legal practice and extensive experience counseling clients of all sizes and types.

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Executive employment and separation agreements
  • Equity-based compensation plans and arrangements
  • Software and IP licensing
  • Software services
  • Equity financing
  • Entity choice and formations
  • Corporate, LLC and partnership governance
  • Contracts
  • Outside general counsel
  • Tax planning for business and real estate transactions


  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association (Section of Taxation)
  • Instructor, Golden Gate University School of Tax (1991- 1993)


  • J.D. – Rutgers School of Law, with honors 1982
  • B.A. – Rutgers College, with honors, mathematics 1977


  • “An Alternative to the Safe-Harbor Rules of the 704(b) Regulations”, Taxes – The Tax Magazine (January 1992)
  • “A Proposal for Achieving Substantial Economic Effect”, Taxes – The Tax Magazine (July 1995)
  • Author, “An Alternative to the Safe-Harbor Rules Under the 704(b) Regulations”
  • Business Law
  • Taxation