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J. Troy Terakedis

Member and Division Director of Industry Practices
J. Troy Terakedis is a member in Dickinson Wright’s Columbus office and Division Director of the firm's industry practices. He advises clients on transactional tax matters, including tax-efficient structuring of mergers and acquisitions. He also serves as “outside counsel” on general corporate matters. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Tax Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Corporate Law and Private Equity, and has been named, “Lawyer of the Year” in Tax law in 2017.

Education & Credentials


Kenyon College

B.A., 1991
  • cum laude

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

J.D., 1995
  • cum laude
  • The Arthur E. Petersilge Award (Wills and Trusts)
  • American Jurisprudence Award (Wills and Trusts)

Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management

M.B.A., 1995

University of Miami School of Law

LL.M., Taxation, 1996
  • Dean’s Certificate of Achievement, Federal Tax Policy

Bar Admission

  • Ohio


  • Columbus CEO Best Lawyers, Corporate & Tax Law, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Estate Planning, 2009-2023
    • Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Private Funds/Hedge Funds Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2024
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Tax Law, 2017
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®
    • "Rising Stars," 2005-2007
    • Tax Law, 2013-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating
  • Columbus Business First
    • “Forty under 40”, Class of 2009

Prominent Assignments

Tax, corporate and general business counsel for companies in the technology, real estate, charter school management, manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, insurance, legal, healthcare and other industries.

Advise closely-held and public companies in connection with federal income tax and other issues in structuring tax-free and taxable transactions including mergers, divestures, spin-offs, split-offs, asset sales and equity rollovers.

Assist companies and their owners in structuring and implementing employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) in connection with the sale of company stock to the ESOP, including advising with respect to deferral of gain recognition under IRC Section 104L2.

Counsel to closely-held companies regarding choice of entity and other structuring considerations.

Counsel to private equity funds regarding fund formation and tax-related matters, with an emphasis on federal partnership tax issues.

Advise both U.S. and foreign companies on cross-border merger, acquisitions, divestitures and other structuring issues. 

Advise clients in connection with the formation of IC-DISCs, IRC Section 1031 exchanges, and other efficient income tax strategies.

Counsel companies on federal income tax and business matters related to the design and implementation of equity and similar compensation arrangements including partnership “profits interest” plans, stock option plans, phantom stock plans, stock appreciation rights, and other nonqualified deferred compensation programs.

Counsel to officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies, principals of private equity funds, owners of closely-held businesses and other high net worth individuals and executives on federal income tax, business succession planning, and estate and gift tax planning matters, including the formation of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies, grantor retained annuity trusts, sales to defective grantor trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, life insurance strategies, formation and funding of family foundations, charitable lead and remainder trusts, and other sophisticated wealth transfer and asset protection strategies.

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Columbus Bar Association
    • Chair, Business Tax Committee, 2006-2008

Community Involvement

  • Kiwanis Club of Columbus
    • Trustee, 2010-2012
    • Distinguished Member, 2009, 2010, 2011


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