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Philip H Karter

Tax Attorney at West Conshohocken, PA

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Phil Karter

  • State Years
    Pennsylvania - PA 26 years
    New York - NY 36 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Connecticut - CT 39 years
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1997
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1991
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1984
    Administrative Suspension No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Philip

Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    Phil Karter specializes in tax controversy and tax litigation matters. He has litigated tax cases for some of the nation's largest companies in the U.S. Tax Court, U.S District Courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Karter has handled countless other tax disputes for individuals and companies that were resolved with the IRS at the audit exam or appeals level. He is ranked among the nation's top tax controversy specialists by Chambers USA and the Legal 500.

    41 years

  2. Litigation
    Over the course of his three decade career, Mr. Karter has handled numerous general litigation matters, involving a wide variety of civil disputes in areas such as contract, tort, bankruptcy, antitrust and civil fraud.

    38 years


Philip H Karter
300 Conshohocken State Road
Suite 570
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428

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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Successful Tax Assistance For Business
When I called this highly-reviewed tax expert in the Philadelphia region for more information than communicated by a personal tax attorney I had retained, I had not seen that Counselor Philip Karter's impressive credentials are for corporate clients. Yet he kindly swiftly grasped my personal situation he illuminated and equipped for going forward and even responded to email follow-up to a savvy question he raised though I'm not his niche clientele. He would be my choice for strong experienced expeditious confident success including via the pro direct line to the IRS Internal Advocate Service.
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Posted by roger | January 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
excellent results
After two bad experiences I hired Mr. Karter and could not be happier. case was settled quickly and to my satisfaction. I could be more pleased.
Posted by Mark | May 31, 2015
Knowledgeable and Practical
Phil assisted my company by providing advice on internal process, with a view toward protecting communications and preserving attorney-client privilege. We had sought his advice because of his solid reputation in the tax controversy area, and because we thought his experience in that area might give him a unique perspective on the potential implications of internal practices. It was a good move. Phil met with our senior tax management team and provided us with a solid technical explanation plus practical, thoughtful advice for navigating the many difficulties companies face in dealing with internal communications. I would not hesitate to engage Phil for tax litigation or audit assistance, or for ancillary projects such as advising on matters that could have significance in a future tax proceeding.
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Posted by KS | May 29, 2015
Amazing detail oriented service & professionalism
We had a tough situation with IRS audit and were in urgent need of legal Tax expert who could help resolve sticky situation. At the recommendation of our friend, we contacted Mr.Philip Karter and met him at his office. He was very patient, detailed oriented to review our situation. Mr.Karter was absolutely the most communicative lawyer I have ever encountered, we were always able to reach him. His professionalism, knowledge, humanity and understanding was beyond what one could ever hope for. Mr.Karter was able to resolve the issues at hand and settle all matter with IRS auditor for us.. Couldn't ask for a better firm and lawyer, simply the Best !!!!! Impressive skills & wonderful down to earth person to speak to as well as being tough enough to get things done. I would recommend Mr.Philip Karter to anyone and he will also be the first person we contact for any further needs ! Mr.Karter is simply the BEST. Thanks KS
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Posted by Aimee | April 15, 2015
Working with him was a pleasure and the end result exceeded our expectations.
Our CPA referred us to Philip's company. We met with him to discuss our rather old and complex federal tax issue. We had tried several times to handle the issue on our own but failed miserably. We needed someone experienced and knowledgeable. The case was rather complex and we weren't able to provide him with all of the necessary information. He was patient and understanding. He took the time to review all of the facts and piece together as much of the puzzle as he could before he proceeded. He explained the process to me. He discussed what he was doing as well as what he felt was the best course of action and why. He would check in with me periodically even if there was no new information on our case. He would tell me what he thought our chances of success would be and why. In the end, we got the result we were seeking and much more. Phil believes in fighting for the little guys like us and works very hard at it. I certainly hope that I never have another issue with the IRS, but if I did, I would not hesitate to call Phil. You will not find an attorney with more integrity than him.
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Posted by Amanda | April 12, 2015
Exceeded All My Expectations
Earlier this year, another attorney referred me to Phil when I had some tax questions and had no idea where to seek assistance or advice. I'm so glad I reached out to him. Phil went above and beyond my expectations to make sure that I clearly understood next steps for my situation. After working with Phil, I felt relieved knowing that I consulted an experienced attorney who was knowledgeable, professional and made always himself available to answer my questions. I'm grateful for his guidance during that time and would absolutely recommend him in the future.
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Posted by Laura | April 6, 2015
Consummate Professional
Phil assisted my husband and I during an IRS audit of our business. We had spoken to several attorneys prior to speaking with Phil. We definitely made the right choice. His knowledge and confidence put us at ease during a very stressful time. He was always available and communicated with us throughout the entire process. We are forever grateful to his dedication and would absolutely recommend him.
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Posted by Mitch | April 3, 2015
A Lifeboat in Troubled Waters
When faced with significant professional issues related to an executive position I held that that put me between the proverbial "rock and a hard place", I was referred to Philip by another attorney and friend who advised me that Philip could help. Thanks to his knowledge, advice and support, the right decisions were made and the crisis averted. I would recommend Philip to anyone needing sound business guidance in a time of turmoil.
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Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry
  • 2007 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Miller & Chevalier
  • 2000 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Zapruder & Odell
  • 1996 - 2000
  • Trial Attorney
  • United States Department Of Justice, Tax Division
  • 1986 - 1992
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  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1984
  • University of Wisconsin Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • HealthMark Group Ltd. et al. v. Commissioner, No. 008269-14 (U.S. Tax Court, filed Apr. 14, 2014)
  • Full Government Concession
  • Carfagno Auto Sales Inc. v. Commissioner, No. 12269-14 (U.S. Tax Court, filed May 28, 2014)
  • Full Government Concession
  • Gateway Hotel Partners, LLC et al. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
  • 90% taxpayer victory
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  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1984 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Tax Litigation - National
  • Chambers & Partners USA Guide
  • 2015
  • Leading lawyers - Tax Controversy (National)
  • Legal 500
  • 2014
  • Outstanding Attorney Award
  • U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division
  • 1990


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Speaking Engagements

  • IRS Audits and Appeals Seminar
  • Preparing Witnesses - The Good, Bad & Ugly
  • 2014
  • The Synergy of Legal & Accounting Strategies
  • Defending the IRS Audit – Planning For and Managing the Examination Process
  • 2013
  • Tax Executives Institute
  • If You Knew Then What You Know Now - A Litigator's Guide to Tax Planning and Controversy
  • 2009
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West Conshohocken Tax Lawyer Philip H Karter
Philip H Karter
Tax Attorney
West Conshohocken, PA
Licensed for 39 years
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