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Joseph H. Wessman

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Joe Wessman has a substantial business practice with an emphasis on business and tax planning for closely held businesses. Additionally, he represents clients in tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Joe routinely advises clients regarding IRS compliance and tax audits, as well as other state, federal, and local tax controversies. He also provides tax and accounting advice relating to structuring and documentation of partnership and limited liability companies, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, asset sales and purchases of businesses, and other day-to-day transactional matters. He also undertakes due diligence and advises businesses regarding debt-financing, private placements, and public offerings of securities.

Joe has been recognized since 2007 as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Mergers & Acquisitions Law. Best Lawyers®, which is now partnered with U.S. News & World Report, is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.




American Bar Association, Taxation Section, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Spokane Legal Services Corporation, Board of Directors

Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation, Board of Directors

Children’s Home Society, Board of Directors


Law School:

New York University, LL.M. Taxation, 1979

University of the Pacific, J.D., 1978


University of Nevada at Reno, B.S., 1973


Internal Revenue Service, Auditor

Gonzaga University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law in Estate Planning

Frequent speaker on tax matters before the Washington State Bar Association, and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants

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