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About me

I am the founding shareholder of Yoak Law, P.A., and personally handle all client matters. To ensure that my clients get the individualized attention they deserve, I am selective when accepting new clients and focus on taxation, business law, and related matters.

Prior to founding the firm, I spent several years advising large corporations on complex state and local tax matters. During that time, I developed a keen understanding of the business environment and gained extensive experience in various industries. I believe these experiences make me uniquely qualified to advise my clients on most business and tax matters.

Beyond the practice of law, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing guitar, and being involved in all aspects of ice and roller hockey (spectator, player, and coach). Knowing how important these things are to health and happiness, my goal is serve my clients as best I can so that they may have the time to concentrate on whatever business or personal pursuits they wish.


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Practice areas


  1. Tax: 75%
  2. Business: 20%
  3. Litigation: 5%



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Erica Good Pless

    I endorse this lawyer. John has significant experience in the areas of state and local taxation. He is a great asset to the tax law community in Tampa Bay.


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Contact info

Yoak Law, P.A.

28870 US Highway 19 North
Suite 304
Clearwater, FL, 33761-4341


FLMember in Good Standing200406/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
CALI Award, U.S. Taxation of International TransactionsChapman University School of Law2009
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2003
All-Florida Academic Team, Third TeamSt. Petersburg College1999
All-USA Academic TeamSt. Petersburg College1999
Service Hallmark AwardSt. Petersburg College1999
George O. Bierkoe Distinguished Member AwardPhi Theta Kappa1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderYoak Law, P.A.2012 - Present
Manager, Specialized Tax Services (SALT)BDO USA, LLP2009 - 2012
Senior Associate, State and Local TaxMoss Adams, LLP2007 - 2009
Senior Associate, Federal TaxCorbin, LLP2006 - 2006
AssociateBattaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein, P.A2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Tax CourtAttorney Member2013 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Wills for Heroes ProgramVolunteer Attorney2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax Section, State Tax CommitteeMember2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Tax SectionMember2011 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAttorney Member2004 - Present
Florida BarAttorney Member2004 - Present
Beta Alpha PsiMember2001 - Present
Phi Theta Kappa Honor SocietyMember1998 - Present
Barney Masterson American Inn of CourtMember2004 - 2004
Phi Theta Kappa Honor SocietyInternational Service Project Chairman1998 - 1998
Publication nameTitleDate
Electronic Submission to IRSCo-author, The Tax Section of the Florida Bar Comments on the Proposed Regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 14112013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chapman University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2009
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Stetson UniversityBusinessMBA - Master of Business Administration2003
University of Pittsburgh School of LawBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2001
St Petersburg CollegeGeneral EducationAA - Associate in Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Community Legal ClinicFederal Tax2013
Community Legal ClinicFederal Tax2012
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)Beginning Concepts in State Tax Nexus2011
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)Introduction to Allocation and Apportionment2010
SALT Intern Training ProgramState Tax Research2009
SALT Intern Training ProgramIntroduction to Sales and Use Tax2009
SALT Intern Training ProgramIdentifying and Quantifying State Tax Exposure Items2009
SALT Intern Training ProgramRevenue Sourcing2009
SALT Intern Training ProgramAllocation and Apportionment2009
SALT Intern Training ProgramState Tax Nexus2009
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)Allocation and Apportionment Workshop2008
Continuing Professional Education (CPE)Introduction to State and Local Tax2008