Joel is a partner in the Tax Group at Dentons. For almost 30 years, Joel’s practice has focused on resolving tax disputes between taxpayers and federal and provincial tax authorities. Joel has extensive experience in federal and provincial income/commodity tax litigation. He has acted as counsel in numerous tax cases at all levels of court, both provincially and federally. He has also settled many cases out of court at the pre-assessment or Objection stage. Joel’s skills include organizing a complex set of data, analyzing and structuring the data to determine the relevant tax issues, preparing witnesses for court, drafting legal pleadings and substantive arguments, excellent oral advocacy skills, excellent legal research, the ability to persuade and reason in a complex environment and the ability to assimilate a large number of facts quickly. Joel is listed as one of Canada’s leading tax litigation lawyers by Lexpert. Joel also practises corporate and individual business tax, focusing on off-shore tax planning, corporate reorganizations and other business-related tax matters. Joel also advises on GST and provincial commodity taxes. Joel is listed as one of Canada’s leading corporate tax lawyers by Lexpert. Joel has been involved in extensive provincial, federal and international income and commodity tax planning, including cross-border tax planning for the entertainment industry, off-shore trusts, Canada-U.S. corporate reorganizations, Canadian investment in the U.S., U.S. investment in Canada and cross-border estate planning. Joel has obtained numerous Advance Rulings from the Canada Revenue Agency and provincial tax authorities. Joel’s abilities include creativeness and the ability to think “outside the box” in creating new structures to achieve maximum tax efficiency. Joel has advised on non-profit and other tax exempt entities, including Crown corporations and trusts. Joel has had extensive involvement with structuring and opening on public offerings of tax-related securities. Joel has acted as an expert tax witness in civil litigation for plaintiffs and defendants. In doing so, Joel has developed the ability to simplify and explain complex technical tax issues.
Joel has been involved extensively in writing and presenting tax-related articles on international, federal and provincial income tax, GST and retail sales tax issues. He was awarded the 2006 Douglas J. Sherbaniuk Distinguished Writing Award by the Canadian Tax Foundation for his article "Many Questions (and a Few Possible Answers) About the Application of Rectification in Tax Law," in (2005) vol. 53, no. 4 Canadian Tax Journal 941-73. Joel is a former Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and is currently a member of a number of different tax committees, including a joint CRA/CBA committee in the Pacific Region of the CRA, the CBA/CICA Joint Committee on Taxation, and the Federal Bench and Bar Committee.