2011 Legal Elite profile

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John T. Midgett
Midgett & Preti PC
Virginia Beach 

Title: Attorney
Other legal specialties: Closely held business planning
Birthplace: Norfolk
Education: Bachelor’s degree (with distinction, majored in psychology), University of Virginia; law degree, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
Wife: Barbra
Children: Kristin and Ryan
Hobbies: Acoustic guitar; golf; travel
First job as a lawyer: “Associate in a small two‐man firm, Wilkins & Quayle; quickly promoted to vice president in charge of small details”
Fan of: “College basketball, preferably Atlantic Coast Conference; especially when U.Va. wins; New York Yankees (a carryover of a small boy’s early passion)”
Favorite vacation spot: “Paris (so far), with Venice a very close second. Looking forward to Australia perhaps taking the top spot in the near future”
Recently read book: “The Love You Make: An Insider’s Story of the Beatles” by Peter Brown.
Career mentor: “The positive influences in my life are too numerous to mention without sounding like an Oscar Awards speech.”

What needs to be changed in the U.S. tax code? 
“There must be certainty, for planning purposes; and reform, reducing the role of social engineering through tax policy.”

Do you favor implementation of a federal flat tax? 
“No; the earth is not flat and neither should be the tax code. There is a distinct risk for unintended consequences from a drastic overhaul of current code provisions. We, as citizens, should engage in a civil discussion of the needed role of a central government and then how to fund the programs necessary for the common good.”

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