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John P Corrigan

Business Attorney at White Plains, NY

5.0   35 reviews

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    40%
    including contracts of all types, business formations/dissolutions, venture capital documents, lending/financing transactions, business reorganizations, etc.

  2. Estate planning
    25%
    including estate documents, estate/gift tax planning, probate filings and administration, including marital/divorce situations.

  3. Mergers and acquisitions
    25%
    preparing letters of intent, asset and stock purchase agreements and related documents typical of any purchase and sale transaction.

  4. Tax
    10%
    primarily income tax planning for individuals and business entities, including for divorce matters.

I love NFL football (NY Giants fan for life) and golf but....alas no better than a 100 round kind of guy...prefer the 19th hole over the other 18 holes just suffered. This is a painful admission because I was born in Glasgow, Scotland....the home of golf. I should be good at this game, right? In any event - would you want your lawyer to be thinking about your legal matters or playing golf all the time?

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Licensed for 32 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/27/2022
State NY
Status Delinquent
Acquired 1990
Updated 07/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Corrigan, Baker & Levine, LLC
140 Grand Street
8th Floor
White Plains, NY, 10601

Reviews

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Posted by Bob | October 25, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Detailed explanation
John answered my question in detail and even responded to a second question. His answer was on point and very helpful.
Posted by Michael | December 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Corporate Aquisition
John represented us during the acquisition of our company by a strategic buyer. He did a masterful job of identifying the important elements to negotiate on, and expertly moved the needle on several critical deal terms while maintaining a friendly disposition with opposing counsel. Negotiating deal terms without putting off the buyer is hyper-critical in these situations, and John showed exceptional diplomacy while firmly protecting us.
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Posted by Bill | June 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
PPM and Corporate Docs
John provided us with an excellent PPM and a number of other relevant documents (board resolutions, amended bylaws, amended certificate of incorporation, capitalization table). John is thorough, professional, responsive and is a pleasure to work with. Being a CPA as well as an attorney makes John a value-added resource.
Posted by Jonathan | June 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Counsel One Could Ask For
John is an exceptional attorney with immense experience with mergers and acquisitions and is a CPA which allows him to provide favorable tax advice for personal tax concerns. He has been a trusted advisor for over 10 years for myself and several family members and friends.
Posted by Laurie | March 12, 2015
John P Corrigan Review of Client Support with Asset Purchase Agreement
John Corrigan is intelligent and adept, and he is very knowledgeable about his practice. In addition, John has an amazing sense of humor and he is fun to work with. John helped me with a business purchase which resulted in a very positive experience. What I like most about John is that he is a careful listener. He is ethical and fair. He guided me through an asset purchase, and where it seemed appropriate, he coached me as I negotiated an excellent deal. He was careful to ensure that I understood the steps we were taking, and he alerted me when something seemed out of place. I learned a great deal throughout the process, and I appreciate that John deferred to me when possible. This saved money and helped me to understand the variables. I enjoyed working and laughing with John, and I recommend him highly.
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Posted by Gerald | March 8, 2015
Service Beyond "Excellent" on the Rating Scale
I engaged John's services for an acquisition of a small lawn service company. Like any first time buyer, I was fearful of the unknown. I wanted to mitigate risk while at the same time, keep my seller engaged and enthusiastic without compromising our relationship. John Corrigan was the foundation in my deal. He offered solutions, not obstacles! He offered advise, tought me the impact of tax structure and finding ways to a fair exchange between parties. The sellers attorney was equally impressed with true understanding an a win, win outcome. Sincere thanks for your diligent work and the big brother attitude! Gerald J. S Jr.- Partner Dial Pest Control Co., Inc. Roseland, New Jersey
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Posted by Stanley | May 31, 2014
Attorneys in New York
My experience over the years with lawyers has been unbelievably bad. They have ranged from incompetent to the level of mal practice. Many simply stopped returning calls, or managing the problems. I found John responsible, knowledgeable and never loosing site of where we were going. He took a case that had been lingering for 6 years to a satisfactory conclusion in 3 months. While talking to him, one quickly arrives at the conclusion that this is an individual who is not only good, but amazing,especially in the context of other attorney performances.
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Posted by Marc | May 31, 2014
Strategy + Comfort = Best lawyer
What makes John unique is his adaptive strategy approach when dealing with a case. He continually evaluates the right move to make and the amount of pressure applicable while maintaining an aggressive posture. His unique ability to not be predictable causes other parties to be guarded and faltering while John maintains his steady conceptual strategy. He is very hands on and monitors ongoing items in detail. John is direct and to the point and wastes no time in getting things done while maintaining a very high level of knowledge. This combination creates counsel that is the best value for your dollar and as a business owner you can concentrate on building your business while having the peace of mind that counsel like John will take care of you and guide you in the right direction. Its this comfort and trust level we all look for in an attorney and thats why all our legal matters are in counsel with John.
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Posted by Joy | May 27, 2014
Best attorney I've ever hired
The most knowledgeable and responsive attorney I've hired. There are not enough categories available below to clearly state his vast knowledge and abilities.
Posted by Chris | May 27, 2014
A true Counselor at Law.
John is a great listener and thinker. He works on a solution to my situations unlike any of my previous experiences where the attorney does completely what they want. His CPA/ JD education and experience makes him invaluable.
Posted by Chad | May 27, 2014
The best business attorney I have ever used! Highly Recommend
In my opinion, John is second to none when it comes to hiring business attorneys. Regardless how big the deal is, or how small the question is, John is a plethora of information regarding the matter. He recently helped me close an acquisition of another company with a difficult seller. Not only did John have undeniably more knowledge and experience with acquisitions than any other attorney we have ever used, but he also has an amazing work ethic to complement. Every time I thought the deal was going to fall through, John was able to get the sellers attorney back on track. John did what he said he was going to do and when he said he was going to do it, every time. I highly recommend John Corrigan for all legal advice related to business!
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Posted by Michael | May 24, 2014
Always felt I was getting value for money and the knowledge dispensed was on the money
John Prepared a couple of contracts for a MBO. that never materialised. His allround expertise in this area including taxation was a great help. I knew from the start he knew what he was talking about. His contracts were exactly what I requested and there was no timewasting. He was a one stop shop and the billling was transparent and fair unlike a lot of the larger law firms I have had in NY and LA. He is now my goto lawyer and I have no hesitation in recommending him to anybody.
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Posted by cherise | February 10, 2014
Valued for his breadth of expertise and experience
John Corrigan has been my attorney for over 10 years now. I trust him implicitly and value him for the breadth of his expertise and experience. His business acumen, strong accounting skills and insight coupled with his legal skills make him invaluable to me.
Posted by kim | July 5, 2013
John Corrigan-an attorney who always goes above and beyond
John is not only an amazing attorney but I truly believe he is someone who cares very much about doing his best for his clients. I have used him in several capacities and am continually impressed by the extent of his knowledge. John is an attorney who looks beyond the obvious -he managed to analyze my divorce settlement and find an argument to reopen an issue that no other attorney had managed to see. He has gone through great pains to make sure that I fully understand the basis for his argument and the ways in which he can help me. I am terrible with math but John has taken the time to make me understand the numbers even when, on the 10th time, I tell him that I don't understand it. John is the most responsive attorney I have ever worked with- an email is always answered almost immediately and a phone call always the same day. I first worked with John on my LLC agreement for my new business. He was just supposed to be looking it over on my behalf and was so frustrated by the incompetency of another attorneys drafting that he ended up rewriting most of the document to make sure that I was represented correctly. I would highly recommend john as an attorney of tremendous intelligence and integrity.
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Posted by John | June 11, 2013
My review of John Corrigan
I engaged John to oversee a very complex litigation involving a trusteeship for a large family office. He was given the responsibility of managing a team of defense lawyers from three other firms. The task was overly consuming and required a unique and comprehensive skill set. While John's well-known strengths include handling complex transactional matters and trusts and estate planning, John proved his ability to use his strong business acumen, legal knowledge and experience, and his organizational skills in combination to navigate this very challenging matter. He quarterbacked the team, developed the legal strategy and monitored and reviewed each firm's contribution. He was able to keep the team on task and maintain an overall efficiency. Without John as lead counsel, this litigation could have quickly spun out of control and ended with an unfavorable result. I strongly recommend John Corrigan - especially when the going gets tough.
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Posted by Joe | May 25, 2013
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I have known John for many years and most recently used his services to negotiate a labor agreement for me with a new employer. John's knowledge and tenacity secured a lucrative agreement for me; plus many of his negotiated changes became their template for future agreements. John is an advocate and trusted adviser to his clients.
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Posted by Liz | May 24, 2013
Outstanding Attorney and Much More
John came highly recommended from another law firm because of his impressive and diverse credentials. John can give you expert advice on most things because he has more certification and degrees than anyone you will ever meet. As a client, I have benefitted from John's extensive experience in law, tax, accounting and financial planning. My family has the utmost confidence in John's advice that we have hired him repeatedly to handle personal estate matters and the formation of LLCs. Just as important...John is down to earth, easy to talk to, and able to explain things in layman's terms. These qualities are very important to my family as small business owners.
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Posted by Lloyd | May 24, 2013
OUTSTANDING ATTORNEY WHO REALLY CARES
AS Business Managers representing High Profile/High Income/High Net Worth Entertainment Industry Clients we have been faced with finding Professionals who can guide us and our clients in Asset Preservation and Tax Minimization. After a very long term client's Estate Planning Needs changed I was challenged by circumstances to select a new Attorney sufficiently informed regarding the modified current Law. I was directed to John, both a CPA and Attorney with an exceptional business and legal background, as well as a great demeanor. He turned a difficult tax situation into a resolution. He is now the person we refer all relevant matters to.
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Posted by robert | May 23, 2013
The best lawyer i have worked with in 45 years of doing business.
John Corrigan is amazing. knowledgeable, incredibly prompt, insightful and he does it with a wonderful sense of humor. he is without doubt the best lawyer i have ever worked with in my business career of over 45 years
Posted by Tara | May 22, 2013
John P Corrigan, esq
John is extremely knowledgeable, understanding and helpful. I felt a sense of security when negotiating my contracts, knowing he was on my side and looking out for my best interest both now and in the future. He was always available to answer my questions, address my concerns and advise me. His background as a CPA obviated the need to hire an accountant to review my contracts in addition to an attorney. I had a truly wonderful experience and I plan to use him in future negotiations.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 500-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
  • Miller Zeiderman & Wiederkehr LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Managing Director
  • PCO M&A and Succession Specialists, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Yankwitt LLP
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Corrigan, Baker & Levine, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • The Breakwater Group, LLC
  • 1997 - 2006
  • VP, Tax Counsel & Secretary
  • White River Corporation
  • 1991 - 1997
  • Asst. V.P. & Tax Counsel
  • Frank B. Hall & Co., Inc.
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Senior Tax Manager
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • 1982 - 1989
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Education

  • Fordham Law School
  • JD
  • 1989
  • Pace University
  • MBA (cum laude)
  • 1984
  • Pace University
  • BBA (cum laude)
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Corstar Communications vs. A1 Computer Services
  • Settled
  • Abrams & Company vs. G.A. Fleet Associates
  • Settled
  • Raum & Raum vs. Town of Mount Pleasant, et. al.
  • Judgment in favor of my Client

Associations

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Admitted
  • 2001 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Admitted
  • 1990 - Present
  • AICPA
  • Member
  • 1984 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
  • National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
  • 2003
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • College for Financial Planning
  • 1993
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • New York State
  • 1984
  • Regents Scholarship
  • New York State
  • 1978
  • Full Tuition Academic Scholarship
  • Pace University
  • 1978
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Publications

  • Pest Pro Magazine
  • What You Should Know Before Selling Your PCO Business
  • 2015
  • Pest Management Professional
  • Due Diligence is More Than Just Vetting Revenues
  • 2015
  • MDPCE Law Firm Newsletter
  • S-Corp, C-Corp or LLC?
  • 2008
  • MDPCE Law Firm Newsletter
  • Do You Need an Insurance Trust?
  • 2006
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Asset Protection Strategies
  • 2006
  • MDPCE Law Firm Newsletter
  • Do I Need a Will or Something Else?
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • PestWorld Annual Conference
  • The PCO Merger and Acquisitions Game – Understanding Valuation, Deal Structure and Tax Strategies
  • 2014
  • M&A Annual Webinar Conference
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2014
  • Insurance Agency M&A Symposium
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2014
  • Q3 2013 Financial Update
  • Basic Estate Panning
  • 2013
  • M&A Annual Webinar Conference
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 2013
  • Practical Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2003
  • Making Sense of Split Dollar Life Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 2003
  • Employment Agmts. vs. Independent Contractor Agmts.
  • Contracts
  • 2002
  • Beware the Boilerplate Provisions
  • Contracts
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (46)
Given (30)
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Unknown Attorney | Dec 09
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Unknown Attorney | Nov 23
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Business Attorney | Sep 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the legal community. Strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His contributions on Avvo set the standard."
Business Attorney | Jul 09
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Corrigan is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Business Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding and well respected attorney in the legal community. I would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone needing legal representation."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. It is clear by reading the answers in the AVVO community that this lawyer is a top notch attorney who is highly respected in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Corrigan consistently provides thoughtful, practical legal advice within the Avvo community. I would feel very comfortable referring clients with New York business matters to Mr. Corrigan."
Business Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find John Corrigan's legal analysis to be concise and thoughtful. I endorse this attorney."
Business Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He gives worthwhile contributions, and concise clear answers. His experience and expertise is evident."
Business Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Other
"I find John's answers on Avvo to be very valuable, succinct and insightful."
Business Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Corrigan's contributions to the AVVO community reflect an expert knowledge of business law and a willingness to help those in need."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Corrigan is an experienced attorney whose participation and comments in Avvo show his commitment to serving clients as well as his level of experience. He is an excellent attorney that I recommend wholeheartedly."
Tax Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Other
"I have had the pleasure of being corrected by Mr. Corrigan on a tax issue and much to my surprise and chagrin he was correct and I admitted it. I have looked at his comments and found all that I looked at to be in line with my thoughts. (that is except for the one we disagreed on --and he was correct)"
Business Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Corrigan's answers on Avvo without fail are helpful, courteous, and well thought out. I would not hesistate to retain Mr. Corrigan."
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