Jeffrey K. Gonya


Venable LLP
750 East Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202

Tel: 410.244.7507


Jeff Gonya helps high-net-worth individuals, families, fiduciaries, and charitable foundations with a wide range of estate planning, trust, and tax matters. Jeff manages the administration of estates and trusts of all sizes, and serves as trustee for many clients, counseling them and their families on financial, business, insurance, and charitable giving issues.

Jeff assists clients with tax minimization and succession planning strategies that preserve wealth for their heirs. He prepares estate, gift, and fiduciary income tax returns, and represents clients in tax court regarding audits and other tax-related matters. He has also negotiated and settled numerous matters with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).


  • J.D.University of Virginia School of Law1986
  • B.A.Echols ScholarUniversity of Virginia1983
  • with high distinction

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Georgia (inactive)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section on Taxation
  • Life fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Life fellow, Baltimore Bar Foundation
  • Member, Professional Advisor Recognition Society of the Baltimore Community Foundation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Lawyer of the Year, Trusts and Estates, Baltimore, 2021
    • Trusts and Estates, 2006 – 2023
    • Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2006 – 2023
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law (Band 1), Maryland, 2017, 2020 – 2022
  • Legal 500, Domestic Tax: East Coast, 2012 – 2013
  • Martindale-HubbellAV® Peer Review Rated
Venable’s tax attorneys provide federal, state, local, and international tax advice to corporations and other business entities, and to nonprofits, individuals, and families. Our clients include Fortune 500 corporations, closely held companies, and start-up ventures. We have particular experience in complex business transactions, including stock and asset transactions, corporate mergers, the creation of joint ventures, like-kind exchange transactions, the tax treatment of real estate investment trusts, and low-income housing credit transactions.

Tax-Exempt Organizations

Venable attorneys deliver timely, cost-effective service to trade and professional associations, charitable foundations, and other nonprofit clients. We also design plans for reducing tax burdens while ensuring that an organization’s resources are put to their best use.

Tax Controversies and Litigation

We represent organizations and individuals at every stage of resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)—from meetings with IRS examiners to tax appeals and, when necessary, tax litigation. Many members of our team have worked within the IRS and know its processes intimately.

State and Local Tax

Venable attorneys have extensive experience with a broad range of state and local tax (SALT) planning and controversy matters, including income, franchise, sales and use, transfer and recordation, and property taxes. We represent clients in administrative controversies and tax-related litigation, ranging from informal discussions with tax administrators to handling appellate litigation.

Venable LLP is a firm of trusted advisors serving businesses, organizations, and individuals in many of the most important aspects of their work.

Our professionals immerse themselves in our clients’ work to fully understand their biggest opportunities and challenges while helping them navigate an increasingly complex legal and regulatory environment. Today, with more than 850 professionals delivering services around the world, we’re helping our clients connect quickly and effectively to the experience, insights, and advice to achieve their most pressing objectives.

Cultivated over 121 years, Venable’s capabilities span virtually every industry and all areas of regulatory and government affairs, corporate and business law, intellectual property, and complex litigation. Many of our professionals are former regulators, senior government staffers, state attorneys general, and members of Congress—bringing an invaluable depth of experience to our firm. At the same time, we foster a diverse culture that helps ensure our ability to attract, retain, and elevate the most talented professionals in the country, who work on behalf of our clients.