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Kenton E. McDonald

Board Certified in Tax Law Since 1983 | Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Overview And Experience

Mr. McDonald believes strongly that the key to success in any profession lies in perfecting the craft, and credits his success to the mentors who helped him develop and refine his skills.

He is active on the Planning Committee, and has formerly served as the Chair of the University of Texas School of Law Tax Conference.  Kenton has formally served as a Trustee and past President of the Una Chapman Cox Foundation benefitting the U.S. Foreign Service. Notably, Mr. McDonald is the recipient of a Commissioner’s Award from the Internal Revenue Service, a Member of the American Law Institute, and is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America in both Tax Law and Tax Controversy for 28 years and is included in Marquis Top (100) Lawyers in America.

Experience Makes the Difference

From childhood, Mr. McDonald had the ambition to be a lawyer. On the advice of his father, he pursued an education at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1974 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with Highest Honors in accounting, a foundation that later helped him concentrate his practice on tax law. Mr. McDonald subsequently earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Southern Methodist University in 1977 where he served as Editor of the Southwestern Law Journal.

From 1977 to 2018 Mr. McDonald practiced law as an associate and later a partner at Matthews & Branscomb, PC (or its predecessor and successor law firms), in Corpus Christi where he has participated in a meaningful way in some of the most significant business transactions on behalf of some of the most important privately-held businesses in Texas. He has made important contributions to his community having served pivotal roles as Board Chair of both Corpus Christi Broadcasting Stations and the Art Museum of South Texas. He became Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1983 and served as the Assistant to the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 1987 to 1989. In 2018 Mr. McDonald left his former firm and continues his practice at McDonald & Adkins, LLP  in Corpus Christi.

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J.D. Southern Methodist University | Dallas, Texas


  • Member, Board of Editors, Southwestern Law Journal. Texas Society of CPA Graduate Fellowship.

B.B.A. (Accounting) with highest honors, Southern Methodist University | Dallas, Texas


  • Completed four-year degree in two years. Recipient: Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key, Phi Eta Sigma Award to Outstanding Senior Man. Beta Gamma Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi.

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Practice Areas

Tax Planning for Major Business transactions to Minimize Tax Costs
Business Restructuring to Minimize Tax Costs
Estate Planning to Reduce or Eliminate Estate Taxes
Litigation to Support Business Interests
Representation before the IRS at Examination and Appeals, and in the U.S. Tax Court
Kenton McDonald has a thorough understanding of tax law and is highly regarded among business and legal professionals in tax law, tax controversy and litigation, IRS collection actions, and professional ethics.