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J. Stephen Barge

Steve Barge's practice is a distinct blend of domestic and cross-border corporate and business tax planning and transactional knowledge coupled with a robust tax controversy and litigation practice. His deep experience spans multiple industries in which he has negotiated and structured acquisitions, dispositions, expansions, contractions, restructurings, and financing transactions for corporate and pass-through entities in the United States and abroad and has resolved tax controversies at the audit, appeal and litigation stages. Steve's transactional work focuses not only on pre-transaction design and execution but also on post-transaction integration structures that obtain maximum tax benefits and preserve favorable tax attributes while balancing non-tax issues of other stakeholders. He has prepared and received numerous private rulings from the IRS National Office and foreign taxing authorities. Steve is experienced in virtually all aspects of United States federal taxation that affect business activities and brings a practical and collaborative approach to the most sophisticated issues facing taxpayers in the United States taxing regimes.

Steve has published several articles on a variety of federal income taxation matters and has spoken nationally, regionally and locally. For the past 15 years, he has been selected by his peers each year for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® as “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation and Controversy - Tax in Pittsburgh, 2024
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in Pittsburgh
    • Tax Law, 2001-2024
    • Litigation and Controversy - Tax, 2011-2024
    • corporate Governance Law - Tax, 2023-2024
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® as “Lawyer of the Year” for Tax in Pittsburgh, 2021
  • Allegheny Tax Society
  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • International Fiscal Association (U.S. Branch)
  • Pittsburgh Tax Club
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