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Lance Stodghill

Tax Attorney at Houston, TX

5.0   6 reviews

also known as William Lance Stodghill

  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1997
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Lance

Learn Lance’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Tax
    Tax controversies involving audits, litigation and collections.

Lance’s practice focuses on representing taxpayers before the IRS and Federal courts in matters involving audits, appeals, collection and litigation. Lance left the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in 2007 after serving as a Senior Attorney. As a Senior Attorney, Lance litigated cases on behalf of the government and advised Revenue Agents and Revenue Officers in their investigations. Prior to his government career, Lance practiced with Nistico & Crouch. Lance also worked for Jackson Lewis LLP representing clients with employee benefit audits and litigation.

Lance earned his law degree with honors from the University of Houston, where he also received his Masters of Business Administration.

Due to tax matters touching on several other practice areas, Lance also assists certain clients as an outside general counsel.

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Posted by Roy | May 10, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Expenditure of Time and Treasure
Lance did a very thorough and informative transcript research for us. As an Oil & Gas Attorney, I appreciated the administrative links he made to events listed on our transcripts. Lance laid out a plan that we could follow on our own, but assured us we could retain his firm's services if we found ourselves needing help. Great experience and I will recommend him to my energy clients.
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Posted by Sien | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Grateful For Lance
I never thought my wife and I would need a Tax Attorney, I was wrong. Lance Stodghill came highly recommended by a circle of friends and he did not disappoint. After our first meeting, I had full confidence that Lance was well versed on Current IRS Laws and had the knowledge, tools and experiance to help me out of a BIG problem. Lance clearly outlined my options, and after deciding the best path to resolution he successfully navigated communications with the IRS keeping me informed of every step. I never felt in the dark or left out. Lance was always just a phone call away, and our meetings were quick and precise giving me a level of comfort I greatly appreciated. My wife and I are grateful for Lance Stodghill and we highly recommend his services. I hope I don't need to call Lance again, but trust me, his number will never leave my contacts.
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Posted by Stephanie M. Harp | April 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Results and Superior Depth of Knowledge
I recommend Lance too many of my large corporate and construction clients and he has always received rave reviews for the services he provides. I have also consulted Lance on multiple issues and was given very well informed advice.
Posted by Ashley | February 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer on your side.
Audits are messy, but when the IRS accuses you of Employee Misclassification - the mess is more than you can handle. Lance is helpful, honest and kind. His inside knowledge of the IRS code and process is priceless. His staff is friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Lance and his team not only defended my case and won but he has continued to provide guidance to make sure I remain aboveboard. He cares about his clients (and from what I can tell people in general) and his actions prove that it isn't just the firm's tag line but a core value. I hope you never need a tax attorney, but if you do I cannot recommend a better one than Lance.
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Posted by Dan | February 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight Shooter - Great Value
Lance and his team have helped me to solve tax issues related to a business when my partner failed to follow the law. I have also referred others to Lance and team – they have been satisfied by the result. Lance spent several years at the IRS, not as an agent, but as an attorney taking cases to Federal court. He knows the system, he knows the players and he knows how to make it work for you. Here is the hardest - but best - part of working with Lance: He is a straight shooter who won't waste your time or waste your money or raise your hopes while pursuing a strategy he knows can't be won. He'll tell you the honest truth upfront because he truly cares that his clients achieve the best possible result. You're up against the IRS? This is your guy. This is your team.
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Posted by anonymous | February 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lance represented us not only in an Offer to Compromise, but also in an audit.
Lance and his staff were incredible. He got us a fabulous deal on an Offer to Compromise and basically defeated an audit the IRS sprung on us. I am a lawyer and could not give a higher rating to a fellow lawyer; and I mean that.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Stodghill & Allie, LLP
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • South Texas College Of Law
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Of Counsel
  • Jackson Lewis
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Shareholder
  • W. Lance Stodghill, P.C.
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Senior Attorney
  • Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel
  • 1999 - 2007
  • Attorney
  • Nistico & Crouch, P.C.
  • 1997 - 1999
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  • University of Houston
  • MBA - Master of Business Administration
  • 1997
  • University of Houston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of New Orleans
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • We do not publish the identity of our clients


  • Houston Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • N/A
  • Houston Bar Association, AIDS Outreach Committee
  • N/A
  • Houston CPA Society IRS - Practitioner Study Group
  • Member and Former Chair
  • 2008 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2009


Speaking Engagements

  • Handling Your First (or Next) Tax Case
  • Common Tax Issues/Cases You Should Know
  • 2021
  • Houston Bar Association CLE
  • Tax Problems of the Rich and Famous - College Admissions Scandal Edition
  • 2019
  • Houston Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Tax Problems of the Rich and Famous
  • 2018
  • Texas Society of Enrolled Agents - Greater Houston Chapter CE
  • Offer in Compromise - Effective Tax Administration and Special Circumstances
  • 2018
  • Texas Society of Enrolled Agents - Greater Houston Chapter CE
  • All Things Collection (IRS) - The Fun Begins
  • 2017
  • Nuts and Bolts of Handling a Pro Bono Case in US Tax Court
  • IRS Collection Issues After Tax Court
  • 2016
  • Texas Society of Enrolled Agents - Greater Houston Chapter CE
  • IRS Issues After the Return is Filed
  • 2015
  • Texas Society of Enrolled Agents - Greater Houston Chapter CE
  • The IRS Before, During and After Marriage
  • 2014
  • UH Law Center Career Services
  • Shingle and a Laptop - Starting a Law Firm
  • 2010
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Understanding the Listed Transaction Penalty under IRC §6707A
  • 2008
  • Houston Northwest Bar Association CLE
  • Recovering Attorney's Fees and Costs from the IRS
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (5)
Endorse Lance
Tax Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lance has provided effective and impactful advice and guidance to many referred clients. His knowledge, wisdom and effectiveness in Tax litigation are unsurpassed."
Tax Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Stodghill has an impressive breadth of experience in tax and corporate matters. He has the ability to efficiently explain and outlined complex areas of tax law in a way that non-tax lawyers and clients can easily digest and understand."
Tax Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I had the privilege to work with Lance early in my career. He is an extremely knowledgeable tax attorney with a wealth of experience in advocating for his clients. Lance would be my first recommendation to anyone with a tax controversy or tax litigation issue."