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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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|Judge Pro Tem||Philadelphia Court Of Common Pleas||2008 - Present|
|Chief Council||Supreme Court Of Pennsylvania||1984 - 1988|
|Clerk||State Of Pennsylvania Supreme Court||1981 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Philadelphia Bar Association, Appellate Courts Committee||Board Member||2006 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Taxation Section||Member||2006 - Present|
|Montgomery Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||Law||LL.M - Master of Laws (Taxation)||2009|
|Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law||Law||Certificate in Estate Planning||2008|
|University of Pennsylvania Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|City University of New York, Hunter College||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1976|