Instructor Spotlight


John McGownJohn McGown was born and raised in Kentucky and went to Law School at the University of Colorado. He believes the four big decisions in life are whom you marry, whether you have children, where you live and where you work. After realizing that Denver was getting too big, John and his wife Mary found that Boise was the best fit. He and his wife loved what Boise had to offer: the great outdoors, a university and the state capital. With a specialty in tax, John needed a place large enough where such a niche would work. Hawley Troxell, Idaho’s oldest and largest law firm is where he landed and has worked for over 35 years now. 

John has served as Chair of the Section of Taxation of the Idaho State Bar and of the Idaho Tax Practitioner Liaison Committee (to the IRS). He has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in (1) Tax Law and (2) Trusts and Estates annually since 2007. 

For 2013, 2015, 2017 and again for 2019, he was selected as Boise Tax Law Lawyer of the Year. John has been recognized by Super Lawyers, where he was selected in Tax (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018).  In 2014, John received the Distinguished Lawyer Award. It is the highest singular recognition bestowed upon any individual member of the Idaho State Bar. 

John has taught as a Visiting Professor at U of I.  He also was an Associate Professor at BSU in their Graduate Tax Program. He has taught graduate courses in estate planning, partnership tax, state taxation, tax-exempt organizations, and personal financial planning.
In his spare time, John enjoys being active in the outdoors, and has completed 17 Races to Robie Creek (toughest half marathon in the West).  He has reached the summits of Mt. Borah, Idaho's highest point, and McGown Peak.

John first learned about Community Education through inserts to the Idaho Statesman. He took some classes and then decided he wanted to contribute as an instructor. John loves making a difference in the lives of those who attend his classes. Our students could not agree more! Since 2010, his students have always loved his classes and the knowledge he provides. This Fall session, he will be offering: ADVANCED CARE PLANNING and FINANCIAL POWERS OF ATTORNEY.  Don’t miss out! His classes fill quickly!