James M. Scears

James M. Scears is a shareholder in the Tulsa office of GableGotwals. He advises businesses and individuals in income tax planning, tax structuring of business transactions, transfer tax planning, and a wide variety of other federal, state, and local tax issues, including sales and use tax issues.  James also advises Code Section 501(c)(3) charitable organizations and trust companies in transactions and issues of interest to such entities.

In addition, James has experience in tax controversy representations before the Internal Revenue Service and Oklahoma Tax Commission. He also handles estate planning and other transactional matters covering various corporate and commercial law issues. James previously practiced in the Zurich, Switzerland office of a multinational law firm where he focused his practice on various international tax and compliance issues for both businesses and individuals.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with honors, James received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He then began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable David L. Russell in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. James is a recent graduate of Leadership Tulsa – Class 61.


LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2013

J.D., with honors, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 2012

B.B.A., University of Oklahoma, 2009


Order of the Coif


American Bar Association – Tax Section
Oklahoma Bar Association
Tulsa County Bar Association


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