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Tax attorney Joseph R. Viola is a Penn Law graduate who also holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from Temple. He offers to clients the knowledge, skill and judgment he has developed over 30 years of successful trial and appellate litigation experience in federal courts, state courts and administrative agencies.
Mr. Viola represents individuals, small businesses and non-profit organizations in federal tax disputes of all types and at all levels.

Mr. Viola has chosen this area of focus in the belief that every federal tax dispute boils down to investigating and proving facts and applying the applicable law to those facts in a just and reasonable manner. That territory ultimately belongs to the litigator, not the tax "specialist." Being able to navigate through the maze of federal tax laws, regulations and other pronouncements remains an important skill — but it is not enough.

Every federal tax dispute requires effectively advocating for the taxpayer's position. Developing a compelling case at an early stage may leave the government reluctant to take a chance in the courtroom. A seasoned litigator with broad tax law expertise will often be in a better position than a former "insider" — with narrower training and experience — to bring about a quick, cost-effective and fair resolution of the tax dispute. Of course, if resolution cannot be achieved at the administrative level, Joe Viola stands ready, willing and able to file an action in the most advantageous court and to proceed as far as is necessary and appropriate to obtain the optimal result.

Mr. Viola believes the key to effective representation — in federal tax and any other matters — is developing a cordial relationship of mutual respect and trust with each client. This can only be achieved through personal attention, responsiveness and accessibility on the attorney's part, as well as with openness and cooperation on the part of the client. The process works best when the client is kept informed and regularly consulted.


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  1. Tax: 100%



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Joseph R. Viola, Esquire

1515 Market St
Ste 1200
Philadelphia, PA, 19102


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judge Pro TemPhiladelphia Court Of Common Pleas2008 - Present
Chief CouncilSupreme Court Of Pennsylvania1984 - 1988
ClerkState Of Pennsylvania Supreme Court1981 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Bar Association, Appellate Courts CommitteeBoard Member2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Taxation SectionMember2006 - Present
Montgomery Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawLL.M - Master of Laws (Taxation)2009
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawCertificate in Estate Planning2008
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
City University of New York, Hunter CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1976