Joshua Smeltzer advises individuals and business entities on a broad range of federal tax planning and federal tax controversy matters. A native of Utah, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah. He received his law degree, magna cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Administrative Law Review.
Prior to joining Wood LLP, Joshua spent 14 years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division litigating tax controversies in federal courts across the country. At the Department of Justice, Joshua was a specialist in large and complex tax cases. He gained extensive experience in all aspects of tax controversy practice in federal district and bankruptcy courts, as well as in the United States Tax Court and the Court of Federal Claims. His experience includes disputes involving tax shelter transactions, statutes of limitation, employment taxes, tax liens and collections, foreign tax credits, and research and development tax credits. He has handled IRS summons enforcement under treaties with foreign governments, interpretation and defense of Treasury Regulations, and many other tax disputes. The Department of Justice awarded Joshua with its Outstanding Trial Attorney Award seven times during his tenure with the government.
Member, State of Maryland Bar, 2004|
Admitted, United States Court of Federal Claims
Admitted, United States Tax Court
Member, Federal Bar Association (Dallas Chapter Government Liaison (2016 – present))
Not currently admitted to The State Bar of California
| American University Washington School of Law, magna cum laude, J.D., 2004 |
Member, The Order of the Coif, 2004
Executive Editor, Administrative Law Review
University of Utah, B.S. Psychology, 2000
Comment, Should Faith Based Initiatives Be Implemented By Executive Order, 56 ADMIN. L. Rev. 181 (2004).