Kenton E.

Kenton E. McDonald

Attorney & Counselor at Law


Kenton E. McDonald has received high honors from Best Lawyers®. Mr. McDonald has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 1993 for Tax Law and since 2011 for Litigation and Controversy – Tax. Best Lawyers’ methodology is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Recognition by Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. Since 1983, Best Lawyers® has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.


The Kenton E. McDonald Law Firm is ranked for another consecutive year as a Tier 1 Corpus Christi Tax Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”. KEM earned this prestigious ranking for its professional excellence and expertise in the practice areas of Tax Law in the 2020 and 2021 Editions of “Best Law Firms.” The “Best Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field and review of information provided by law firms through a formal submission process.





Kenton McDonald has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry.
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Board Certified In Tax Law

since 1983

Texas Board of Legal Specialization


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.


Kenton Mcdonald Law, Corpus Christi, Texas

2018 -

Kenton McDonald concentrates on solving federal tax planning problems that arise in business transactions, and on advising clients in matters involving their interaction with the Internal Revenue Service, including their tax return reporting positions, in audits and in appeals proceedings.  He maintains a broad federal tax practice, including representation of closely held corporations and partnerships and individuals in planning for major transactions and in tax controversies.
Shareholder, Branscomb | P.C., Corpus Christi, Texas


Broad federal tax practice, including representation of closely held corporations and partnerships and individuals in planning for major transactions and in tax controversies.
Assistant to the Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C.


Appointed by Lawrence B. Gibbs, Commissioner of IRS, to serve as his personal representative in developing regulations and other guidance under Tax Reform Act (TRA) of 1986 in areas dealing with partnerships, corporations, passive losses, estate and gift and natural resource taxation, and special projects. Co-principal technical instructor on TRA 1986 course for all senior executives of IRS. Recipient: Commissioner’s Award for Distinguished Service to IRS.
Associate and Partner, Matthews & Branscomb, P.C., Corpus Christi, Texas



Current Activities


American Bar Foundation

Member 2017 -

American College of Tax Counsel

Fellow 2000 -

American Law Institute

Member 2008 -

IRS Service Centers and Taxpayer Service, Committee on Administrative Practice, American Bar Association Taxation Section.

Chair, Subcommittee, 1992-1998

Member 1990 – Current.
University of Texas School of Law, Annual Conference on Taxation

Member, Planning Committee 1996 -

Chair, 2000 – 2001 Speaker 2017
Woodward & White's Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law and Tax Controversy

Best Lawyers 1994 -

Past Activities


AICPA/ABA Invitational Conference on Reduction of Income Tax Complexity

Participant, 1990

AICPA/ABA Invitational Conference on Tax Compliance (Reston II)

Participant, 1988

American Bar Association Taxation Section On Natural Resources

Committee Chair, 1997-1999

Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)

Member, Tax Committee, 1983-1987

Natural Resources, State Bar of Texas Taxation Section

Chair, Committee, 1984-1986

Subchapter S Banking Association and Independent Bankers Association of Texas Attorney's Council.

Member and lecturer, 1991

Participated in an effort to enact legislation expanding Subchapter S to closely- held banks. Co­author of and legislative witness on Texas Limited Banking Association (LLC) Statute.
University of Texas School of Law, Parker Fielder Biannual Conference on Oil and Gas Taxation.

Member, Planning Committee, 1996-2018

Conferences on taxation sponsored by ABA, AICPA, University of Texas, State Bar of Texas, Texas Society of CPAs, Prentice-Hall Law and Business, and others

Lecturer, Frequent


World Affairs Council of America (WACA)

Member, (national) Board of Directors, 2007-2009

CorpusBeat (public charity supporting serious journalism involving local high school and college students)

Member, Board of Directors, 2005-2007

Future USA (private) Foundation (supporting civic and educational endeavors)

Member, Board of Directors, 2004-

Art Museum of South Texas (Trustee 1995-2010) and Chair-Endowment Committee 2005)

Chair (2 terms), Board of Governors, 2003-2005

Una Chapman Cox Foundation for the benefit of the United States Foreign Service (U.S. State Department)

Trustee and President, 1997-2007

Corpus Christi Symphony Board of Directors

Member, Executive Committee, 1997-2003

Temple Beth El, Corpus Christi

Board of Directors (Treasurer), 1997-1999

KEDT-TV, FM (Corpus Christi PBS)

Chair, Board of Directors, 1992-1994

Ada Wilson Children's Hospital

Member, Board of Directors, 1990-1997

Corpus Christi YMCA

Member, Board of Directors (Treasurer), 1979-1986


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    Corpus Christi, Texas 78411


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