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Stephen L. Phillips

Stephen L. Phillips

also known as Steve Phillips

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About Me


Texas tax lawyer (29 years).  

Board Certified Tax Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization (since 1995).


Experienced in business and individual federal, state and international tax and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, and private investment.


Private investment structuring; real estate investments and development; entity organization, funding, operations, dissolution, mergers and acquisitions; individual and partnership taxation, legal and securities.   



Practice Areas


  1. Taxation: 70%
    29 years
  2. Business: 30%
    29 years



Hourly ($525-700/hour)

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Contact Info

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP

100 Congress Avenue
Suite 1440
Austin, TX, 78701-4042


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198609/19/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™2015
Best Austin Tax LawyerAustin Business Journal2005
Board Certified - Tax 2004-2016Texas Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
The Best Lawyers in America© 2013-2015Best Lawyers®N/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGiordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP2007 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of TexasMember1986 - Present
Austin Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1986 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Taxation SectionMember1986 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember1986 - Present
United States Tax CourtAdmittedN/A
United States District Court for the Western District of TexasAdmittedN/A
Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of Federal Organization of Regulatory CounselBarnett Bank – The Texas Response1996
Texas State Bar of Taxation Comments to the U.S. TreasuryProposed Regulations Concerning Self-employment Tax Treatment of Members of Certain Limited Liability Companies1995
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawJuris Doctor (J.D.)With Honors1985
University of Texas System, AustinAccountingB.B.A. With Highest Honors1983
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Small Business ForumThe Texas Margin Tax – An Overview2006
Probate and Estate Planning Section MeetingWhat Do You Mean my FLP is Taxable – What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About the Texas Margin Tax2006
Client/Colleague BriefingThe Texas Margin Tax – A Horse with Feathers2006
Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Fort Worth Chapter, North Texas Controller’s InstituteThe New Age of Executive Equity Compensation2005
Travis County Tax, Corporate, & Business Section MeetingFranchise Taxes/Texas Nexus2001
National Business InstituteSales Tax Manufacturing Exemptions & Sales Tax Legislative Developments1996