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Phil Wilson is experienced in tax controversy matters, specializing in cases involving undeclared foreign bank accounts and other financial assets, and unreported foreign income. Phil’s expertise in this area is augmented by his ability to speak French, Italian and Spanish. He has represented clients in the defense of federal criminal tax offenses at the investigatory, grand jury and trial levels in cases involving tax evasion, willful failure to file, and conspiracy to commit tax evasion. Phil has extensive experience in all aspects of civil tax litigation including but not limited to offshore voluntary disclosures, federal and state audit representations, federal and state tax collections, refund claims, penalty abatements, employment tax matters, excise tax matters, trust fund recovery penalty defense, and multi-state double taxation relief. Mr. Wilson has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Board of Legal Specialization’s Tax Law Advisory Commission.

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  • University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota), J.D. 2005
  • Arizona State University. B.S. Global Business, Magna Cum Laude, 2000 (specialization – Finance)


  • Finalist, University of St. Thomas School of Law Moot Court
  • Member, University of St. Thomas School of Law Moot Court Team

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona (2011)
  • Minnesota (2005)

Court Admissions

  • State of Minnesota, 2005
  • State of Arizona, 2011
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional & Community Groups

  • Member, State Bar of Arizona, Tax Section
  • Member, American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Served as the founding Judicial Chair for the Univ. of St. Thomas School of Law (Student Gov’t)
  • Former founding board member of “Off The Back – The Jim Stenholm Foundation” (non-profit raising money for The 100 Club)
  • Former board member of the Minnesota Restorative Justice Community Action

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