Carey Messina Named Baton Rouge Tax Lawyer of the Year

Kean Miller LLP is pleased to announce that senior partner Carey J. Messina has been named by Best Lawyers, the oldest and one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession, as the Baton Rouge Tax Lawyer of the Year for 2011.

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current, 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America (2011) is based on more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations of lawyers by other lawyers.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

About Carey Messina

Carey Messina is a partner in the Baton Rouge-Bluebonnet office of Kean Miller LLP.  He is one of the founding members of the firm and previously served as the administrative partner for six years.  Carey leads the firm’s estate planning and probate group and represents clients in wills, trust, succession, and federal tax matters.  Carey works with individuals and families to establish estate plans.  He also works with individuals to create non-profit corporations.  Carey has particular experience in transactions involving valuation of closely held businesses for succession purposes, establishing shareholder agreements, and establishing wealth transfer entities.

Carey is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist and Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Estate Planning.  

Carey earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1978 and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University in 1979. He earned his B.B.A. from Northeast Louisiana University in 1974.  He passed the Certified Public Accounting examination in 1975.

About Kean Miller LLP

With 130 lawyers, Kean Miller LLP serves the legal needs of Louisiana businesses and Fortune 500 companies. The firm maintains offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lake Charles, Louisiana and is the largest law firm in the Capitol region. The firm serves clients in numerous industries including energy, petrochemical and chemical, technology and telecommunications, transportation, media and advertising, financial services, insurance, gaming, government and education, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail, construction and leasing.   The firm combines the talent and expertise of its lawyers into multi-disciplinary client and industry teams. These teams are comprised of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines who are equipped to identify legal and business needs and to develop superior service strategies that provide unmatched support to the client.

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