Stephen Josey’s practice focuses on tax controversies, civil litigation, and white-collar criminal defense. He has particular experience litigating tax controversies in federal district and bankruptcy courts.
Before joining Kostelanetz & Fink in 2018, Mr. Josey was a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the International Trade Field Office of the Commercial Litigation Branch. At the Civil Division, Mr. Josey handled disputes concerning the classification and valuation of imported merchandise.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Josey was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, which he joined through the Honors Program. His litigation experience at the Tax Division included cases involving Trust Fund Recovery Penalty liability, constructive pricing, tax credit and deduction substantiations, penalty liability relating to foreign bank reporting requirements, summons enforcement, and reasonable cause defenses. Mr. Josey received the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award in 2016.
Prior to joining the Tax Division, Mr. Josey served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Breen of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
Mr. Josey received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012, where he served as a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law. Mr. Josey received his B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2009.