received November 2015
DeBruyn Law Offices
DeBruyn, who practices law in Denver, Colorado, received his J.D. from
Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and his Masters of Law in Taxation from
New York University. Before entering private practice in 1972, Mr. DeBruyn
served as a trial attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of
Justice in Washington, D.C. His practice emphasizes tax, estate and business
planning and he continues to handle tax disputes.
is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC) and the
American College of Tax Counsel and he has served on the ACTEC International
Estate Planning Committee. He is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register
of Preeminent Lawyers under both Tax Law and Probate and Estate Planning and
in The Best Lawyers in America under Tax Law and Trusts and Estates.
Mr. DeBruyn served as an adjunct professor teaching estate and gift taxation in
the University of Denver Graduate Tax Program. He speaks and lectures frequently
at national and regional conferences and seminars on estate and tax planning
including the ALI-ABA, the joint Continuing Legal Education arm of the American
Bar Association and the American Law Institute, the Practicing Law Institute,
the University of Miami Estate Planning Institute, the Advance Estate Planning
Conference sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
the Million Dollar Roundtable, the National Conference of the Certified
Financial Planners, the Northwest Tax Institute, the Southern California Tax and
Estate Planning Forum, the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, the
Southern Methodist University Estate Planning Seminar and the National
Conference of the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). As
an NAEPC director, John worked with NAEPC presidents Harold S. Small, David E.
Lajoie, Gary R. Froid and Hartman Axley and others on the board to develop and
implement the AEP® designation program.
Article's authored by Mr. DeBruyn include "Choice of Entity and Structuring
Limited Liability Entities for the Best of Both Worlds" 31 University of Miami
Estate Planning Institute, 1997; Estate Planning and Subchapter S after TRA
1976," 15 University of Miami Estate Planning Institute, 1981; "Recent
Developments in Federal Taxation Affecting Estates, Gifts and Trusts, " Southern
Methodist University Symposia on Federal Taxation, 1979, 1980 and 1981"; and he
co-authored "To Be or Not to Be Exclusive: Statutory Construction of the
Charging Order in the Single Member LLC" DePaul Business & Commercial Law
Journal, Vol. 9, 2010.
Mr. DeBruyn has served as Co-chair, Joint Committee on Limited Liability
Companies, of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (RPTE); and
Chair, Business Valuation Committee of RPTE's Trust and Estate Division; and
Chair, Family Partnership Task Force, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, ABA Section
of Taxation; and National Chairman, Estate and Gift Taxation Committee of the
Federal Bar Association.