Joseph E. Varner III
Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
190 East Capitol Street
The Pinnacle Building, Suite 100
Jackson, MS 39201
Jody Varner joined the Brunini Firm in 1990 and concentrates his practice in federal income and transfer tax issues, including transactional tax planning, estate and gift taxation and entity formation. Jody also has experience in mergers and acquisitions and private placements of equity and debt securities.
He has been involved in tax planning for corporate acquisitions, including tax-free reorganizations, mergers, and purchases of stock and assets. Jody has assisted clients in planning for both large and small estates and in developing methods effectively to transfer family businesses and investments from one generation to the next. He has experience in structuring and managing issues involving trusts, family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and closely held corporations. Jody has also assisted clients in charitable giving and asset preservation issues.
Jody has been recognized by Best Lawyers® in America in the field of Trusts and Estates.
- J.D., University of Mississippi, 1988
- LL.M. in Taxation, New York University, 1990
- Master of Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1986
- Bachelor of Accountancy, University of Mississippi, 1985
- Mississippi (1990)
- United States District Courts of Mississippi (1990)
- United States Tax Court (1990)
The Firm frequently appears before the Mississippi Department of Revenue and the Board of Tax Appeals to appeal tax assessments and to obtain advance rulings, often for the purpose of seeking economic development incentives. The Firm’s tax lawyers also practice before local tax authorities, handling appeals of property tax assessments and obtaining ad valorem tax exemptions.
In addition, the Firm provides services to a variety of tax-exempt organizations, including several private foundations. The Firm’s tax attorneys also play a significant role in planning new businesses and selecting business entities.
Grounded by experience and infused with innovation, the practice of law at Brunini affirms our vision of growth, excellence and discovery. Even as we grow, we maintain a collegial atmosphere and team focus. In 2022, our firm was named Mississippi’s Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation for the third year in a row and was a top-ranked firm in Chambers USA. Our high standards are demonstrated by the number of Brunini attorneys who are named by their peers to the ranks of many distinguished organizations including the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Trial Advocates, Best Lawyers® in America, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Business, Mid-South Super Lawyers.