Stephen L Phillips

Stephen L Phillips

The Entrepreneur's Tax and Business Lawyer
  • Tax Law, Real Estate Law, Business Law
  • Texas
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A founding member of Phillips Golden LLP, Steve is a tax and business attorney in Austin, Texas, USA. He has been continuously Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994.

His and his firm's passion is to engage and collaborate with domestic and international entrepreneurs and investors to help them identify, grow, enjoy, and monetize their real and intangible assets, ideas, and resources here and abroad.

Prior engagements and clients have ranged from cutting-edge technology leaders, to ranching and oil and gas magnates, to inventors and purveyors of "low-tech" consumer products and services, to prominent investors, celebrities, thought-leaders, and philanthropists.

Our client appreciates seasoned tax and business legal counsel with experience in sophisticated investment and entrepreneurial matters, a worldwide perspective, and a keen and sharp eye for the ever-present tax implications of a endeavor or transaction.

Our mission is to provide legal services in a comfortable and creative setting, free of pretense and artificial delivery hierarchies, and with the most advanced technological tools available.

Typical representations include: Private investment and closely-held business analysis and structure; family investment and holding company organization and reorganization; real estate investment and development; cross-border transactions (inbound and outbound) involving real estate, services, and goods; angel and other private equity and debt funding; business operations, dissolution, M&A, and other exits; individual and partnership taxation; executive and equity compensation, including deferred; liquidity event pre- and post-planning; repatriation of foreign assets from entities and trusts; worker classification planning and controversy; family office organization and operations; inbound and outbound business/individual migration around the U.S. and abroad.

Practice Areas
Tax Law
Business Taxes, Criminal Tax Litigation, Estate Tax Planning, Income Taxes, International Taxes, Payroll Taxes, Property Taxes, Sales Taxes, Tax Appeals, Tax Audits, Tax Planning
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Microsoft Teams
  • WebEx
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Predominantly hourly billing, but can devise creative fee schemes as warranted with the right clients.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Professional Experience
Founding & Senior Partner / CFO
Phillips Golden LLP
- Current
Attorney / Partner
Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips LLP
Attorney / Partner
Cantey & Hanger LLP
Attorney / Shareholder
Roan & Autrey PC
Tax Counsel
Electronic Data Systems
Associate Attorney
Johnson & Gibbs
University of Texas - Austin
J.D. (1985) | Law
Honors: Graduated with Honors
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University of Texas - Austin
B.B.A. (1983) | Accounting
Honors: Graduated with Highest Honors
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Best Austin Tax Lawyer
Austin Business Journal
Outstanding Rotarian
North Austin Rotary
Professional Associations
Federal Court - Western District of Texas
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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Current
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U.S. Tax Court
- Current
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State Bar of Texas
- Current
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American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Taxation Section
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Speaking Engagements
IRC Section 338(h)(10) Elections After the Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017, National Webinar, National Webinar
Clear Law Seminars
IRC Section 338(h)(10) After the Tax Cut and Jobs Act 2017, Strafford, National
Strafford Seminars
Board Certified Tax Law
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Phillips Golden LLP
1250 S Capital of Texas Hwy
Bldg 3-400
Austin, TX 78746
Telephone: (512) 717-5498
Cell: (512) 497-0624
Fax: (512) 879-9850
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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