McKay M. Pearson

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Mr. Pearson represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including tax, corporate and business planning, mergers and acquisitions, and estate planning.  He represents closely-held, private, and publicly-held companies, real estate investment groups, several substantial network marketing and direct marketing companies, and professional service entities.  Mr. Pearson consults clients regarding corporate organization, governance, and structuring, stock transfers, licensing, and all types of contracts necessary to a company’s business operations.

Corporate Transactions
Mr. Pearson analyzes, structures and documents taxable and tax-free transactions, including stock and asset purchases, and all types of mergers and reorganizations.

Mr. Pearson, who speaks Spanish, represents multi-national companies in cross-border corporate transactions in the United States, Latin America, Canada, Europe and South Africa.

Mr. Pearson is very involved in the hospitality industry, including the acquisition and sale of hotels and restaurants, and all aspects of licensure for this industry.

Estate Planning
Mr. Pearson’s estate planning practice involves all types of estate planning documents – wills, trusts, family limited liability companies, life insurance trusts, legacy trusts; it also involves succession planning and other income and estate tax-reduction mechanisms.

Mr. Pearson has been included on the list of The Best Lawyers in America© 2021 in Mergers and Acquisitions Law.  He maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics, and has also been voted by his peers throughout the state as one of Utah’s “Legal Elite,” as published in Utah Business Magazine (2004-06, 2010-12, 2014, 2018-2020).

Mr. Pearson loves sports, running in the early morning, and competing in 10k races.

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Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 1995

Brigham Young University, J.D., 1990

Brigham Young University, B.S., Accounting, 1987

Affiliations / Memberships

  • Utah State Bar
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Global Alliance of Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Attorneys (GATTHA)
  • Member, National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing (NAABLA)

Professional Experience

  • Richards, Brandt, Miller & Nelson, 1995-1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada, Law Clerk, 1990-1994

Publications / Presentations

  • Presenter, “Legal Issues Raised by International Expansion,” 2013 Salt Lake SHRM Employment Law Seminar
  • Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Laws: The Quest to Control Nonmarket Economy Countries, BYU LAW REVIEW 717 (1989)

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Supreme Court of Utah and all Utah State Courts
Supreme Court of Texas and all Texas State Courts