Babush, Neiman, Kornman & Johnson’s reputation for excellent service is due, in part, to the efforts of Dick Babush. As head of the firm’s tax department, Dick brings leadership, knowledge and effective strategy to the complex financial matters of high net worth individuals and closely held businesses. His legal knowledge and 50+ years of accounting experience allow him to provide exceptional services when dealing with even the most complex tax issues. He focuses primarily on estates and trusts, business acquisitions and dispositions, litigation support, and Internal Revenue Service and State Tax Authority representation.
As a founding partner of the firm, Dick has a strong background working with clients from many diverse industries that include manufacturing, wholesale distribution, professional sports and broadcasting. In recent times, he has maintained a particular focus on serving professional service firms including law, healthcare, engineering and architecture.
Dick was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris to the Georgia Vocational Education Task Force, the Georgia State Board of Personnel and the Georgia State Employee Benefit Plan Council, where he served as a member and Chairman for 10 years. He was elected a Georgia delegate to the President’s White House Conference on Small Business in 1980.
Throughout his career, Dick has served his profession locally as a past president and trustee of the Atlanta Tax Forum and member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA). In addition, he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the American Bar Association Section on Taxation. He earned his JD, with highest honors, at Emory University after pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Youngstown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Among his many awards and achievements, Dick was honored with the Georgia Planned Giving Council’s 2010 Greater Good Award, which recognizes exemplary service among Georgia’s charitable advisors. In 2016, Dick was recognized as an Honorary Trustee of the Southern Federal Tax Institute for his 50 years of continuous participation at the Institute. Dick is a past Trustee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and is currently a member of the Endowment Board, serving on its Investment Committee. He also has served on the Advisory Committees of Endowment for Kennesaw State University and Georgia State University, with past roles as Treasurer, Vice President and member of the Board of Governors of the Standard Club.
An avid golfer who has participated in many tournaments, Dick has twice had the pleasure of playing on his favorite course: Augusta National.