Taxation Attorney

Judith A. Harris, Chair of the Pennsylvania office Estate, Trust & Tax Practice Group, has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, estate administration, business matters, and tax exempt entities. In addition to creating estate plans for clients from the most sophisticated to the most basic of wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Judith’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Her practice also includes the creation and representation of charitable trusts and foundations, as well as representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve estate, business, and individual audits, or the resolution of collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities. As an estate planning and tax attorney, Judith frequently works with clients to structure the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences. Judith is President of the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a board member since 1993 and former officer of the Allentown Symphony Association, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. She is a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., and a former board member and Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Judith is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley, and served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority board of governors. From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

Villanova University School of Law, 299 N Spring Mill Rd, Villanova, PA 19085
L.L.M - 1991
American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
J.D. - Juris Doctor - 1986
Bryn Mawr College, 101 N Merion Ave, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
B.A. - Bachelor of Arts - 1983
Pushkin Institute, Moscow, Russia, Ulitsa Akademika Volgina, д. 6, Moskva, Russia, 117485
Diploma - 1982

Career Highlights

  • Lehigh Valley Community Foundation
  • Service to Philanthropy Award, 2005
  • Lehigh Valley Business
  • Women of Influence Award, 2015

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