John Dorn


John is a tax principal at CLA and serves as the tax lead for the construction and real estate groups. With more than 27 years of public accounting experience serving the construction and real estate industry, he is responsible for tax compliance and advisory to construction contractors, real estate owners/developers, and property managers. John has extensive experience in delivering tax compliance and advisory services to large and complex organizations including billion-dollar organizations in the construction, distribution, and services industries.

Technical experience

  • Corporate and partnership experience in construction and real estate
  • Partnership tax structuring and planning
  • Corporate tax structuring and planning
  • Transaction planning and advisory – acquisition, merger, and reorganization
  • Representation with Internal Revenue Service and Departments of Revenue


  • Bachelors of arts in accounting and graduated with honors from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Masters of business taxation degree with honors from the University of Minnesota-Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 2002)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Certified Public Accountant in the state of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Associated General Contractors of America, National Tax and Fiscal Affairs Committee

In the community

  • John is a frequent presenter and writer on construction and real estate taxation topics to various related industry groups including:
  • Minnesota Real Estate Journal
  • Minnesota Mechanical Association
  • Minnesota Society of CPA’s Construction and Real Estate Conference
  • University of St Thomas Real Estate Symposium