About Jim

I am a tax attorney based in Philadelphia, and I focus primarily on handling tax controversies, which are disputes between taxpayers and tax authorities, such as the IRS, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, and the Philadelphia Department of Revenue. I represent taxpayers in administrative proceedings and in court.

My background is a little unusual:
• most litigators know very little about tax law, and
• most tax lawyers want nothing to do with litigation.

In contrast, I have been handling complex commercial litigation for many years, and I have an advanced degree in taxation.

I attended Lafayette College; I received my J.D. degree from Villanova University, and I earned an LL.M. in Taxation from Temple University.

I am admitted to practice before the following courts:
• the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania;
• the Supreme Court of the United States;
• the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, D.C. and Federal Circuits;
• the United States District Courts for the Northern District of California, Eastern District of Michigan and Eastern District of Pennsylvania;
• the United States Tax Court;and
• the United States Court of Federal Claims.

My professional affiliations include the American Bar Association (Tax and Litigation Sections), The Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Tax Section, the Philadelphia Bar Association (Tax and Business Sections), and the Third Circuit Bar Association.
I have been elected to Super Lawyers for 2005 through 2014. Super Lawyers is a rating service that reviews the credentials of lawyers in a variety of practice areas in a process that involves both independent research and peer review. Information on the rating process is available at http://www.superlawyers.com/about/.

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