Ross Keogh is a member of the firm’s rapidly growing Missoula, Montana office. His practice focuses on helping clients create and manage tax-efficient business structures, particularly in the context of real estate and the Opportunity Zone incentive.   

Capabilities

Biography

A member of Parsons’ energy, environmental and natural resources practice group, Ross Keogh combines his extensive pre-law experience in developing large-scale renewable energy projects, a master’s degree in economics, his deep legal experience in business and real estate transactions and tax with his passion for Montana’s outdoor and rural lifestyle to deliver a unique skillset to clients.

Tax, Securities and Business Structuring

As a leading expert on the 2017 Tax Act and the Opportunity Zones Tax Provision (section 1400Z-2), Ross provides advice to clients in tax planning and deal structuring around the creation, sale or purchase of businesses or real property. His experience as an economist and attorney enables him to directly and dynamically advise on the tax and business implications of transactions.

Energy, Water and Real Estate

In the Intermountain West, Ross is an expert in the areas of water rights, energy and real estate law. He represents some of Montana’s largest companies before the Montana Water Court and supports developers across the Pacific Northwest with complex real estate transactions and equity placements.

Experience

ASJ Ventures, LLC Acquisition

Counseled the client on the acquisition and $3 million financing of 250 units of a partially completed subdivision near Wye, Montana with significant upzoning potential.

111X Pacific, LLC - Acquisition and Financing

Represented the developer in the near-simultaneous $46M acquisition of three adjacent properties in the core of downtown Tacoma, Wash. in reliance on the opportunity zone incentive, and the associated syndication and financing for the development of a mixed-use integrated project.

Facilitated Deal to Install Largest Solar Array in Montana

Represented SAROC Energy, LLC in a first-of-its-kind deal in Montana with third-party financing between SAROC Energy and Missoula County to design and install a $450,000 solar array - the largest currently known in Montana. The deal provides SAROC Energy, LLC to benefit from tax advantages the county cannot while the county is enabled to install an energy-saving system without a major initial investment. Full press release.

Accomplishments

Academic

University of Montana School of Law (Juris Doctorate, 2014, with Honors)

Honors: Jessup Moot Court Team, Member

Honors: Recipient of the Margery Hunter Brown Assistantship

Law Review: Public Lands and Resources Law Review, Editor 

University of Montana, Master of Economics degree

Thesis: "Market Power and Regulatory Failures in the Montana Wholesale Electricity Market"

Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts degree

Associations

Professional

State Bar of Montana

American Bar Association - Section of Taxation

Insights

Credentials

Licensed

Montana
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Montana
U.S. Tax Court
Wyoming
U.S. Dist. Court, Dist. of Wyoming
North Dakota

Education

University of Montana School of Law