J. Casner Wheelock

Principal Partner

(502) 625-2702


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J. Casner Wheelock is a partner in the firm and member of the business law practice group. He focuses on planning and transactional matters, with experience in negotiating and structuring formations, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and divestitures, cross-border transactions, private equity, real estate and construction transactions, and general business law matters.

Mr. Wheelock also has an extensive background in both taxation and economic development matters including negotiation with government entities for economic incentives. He represents businesses and individuals in tax controversy matters before the IRS and Kentucky Department of Revenue, including audits, appeals, investigations, collections, and litigation. He also assists nonprofit organizations with formation and obtaining tax-exempt status.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wheelock practiced as a senior international tax consultant with Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta and a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand in Louisville.

Casner Wheelock’s  Experience

Prior to being a partner at Gray, Ice & Higdon, Mr. Wheelock was a Director at Middleton & Reutlinger. He also worked at the former Greenbaum, Doll & McDonald firm in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to entering the legal field, Mr. Wheelock worked in complicated accounting practices as a senior international tax consultant for  Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta, Ga and as a CPA with Coopers & Lybrand in Louisville, Kentucky.  Mr. Wheelock continues to serve his client in such matters overcoming difficult taxation and formation issues with creative and practical solutions.

  • Taxation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Business Law
  • Economic Incentives
  • Real Estate Law
  • Greater Louisville Sports Commission, Board Member and Secretary
  • Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Board Member
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • Kentucky
  • Georgia
  • United States Tax Court

University of Kentucky, J.D., 2000

University of Mississippi, M.S., Accounting, with an emphasis in taxation, 1994

University of Kentucky, B.S., Accounting, 1993

  • Louisville Magazine’s Top Lawyers in tax law
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law – 2020
  • “Cooperative Joint Ventures,” NSAC and NRECA Tax, Finance & Accounting Conference for Cooperatives, August 2015
  • “Consider economic incentives prior to capital expenditures,” Business First
  • “Manufacturing Incentives Unveiled,” Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, August 2009
  • “Securing Capital for the Start-Up Company–Private and Public Resources–Economic Development Incentives,”12th Biennial Business Associations Law Institute, February 2009
  • “How to Plan and Manage a Successful Construction Project,” National Business Institute, May 2008
  • “Tax-Increment Financing,” National Business Institute, May 2008
  • “Overview of Kentucky Economic Development Incentives,”Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, October 2007

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