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James M. Bandoblu, Jr.

Partner, Tax Dispute Resolution Practice Group Leader
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Foreign Legal Consultant, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York

B.S., cum laude, Le Moyne College

J.D., cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law

L.L.M., University of Florida

Jim practices in a wide range of domestic and international tax areas. Jim is the leader of the firm's Tax Dispute Resolution Practice Group, and he regularly assists clients with tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and the New York State Tax Department, including in domestic and offshore voluntary disclosure matters. He has helped hundreds of clients avoid or minimize penalties when coming into compliance with foreign account and asset reporting requirements, such as the FBAR and IRS Forms 926, 3520, 3520-A, 5471, 5472, and 8938. He also frequently handles matters before the U.S. Tax Court. In addition, he advises international clients on the U.S. tax implications of the loss of U.S. citizenship and lawful permanent resident (“green card”) status and on issues under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and U.S. anti-deferral tax regimes, such as the controlled foreign corporation (CFC) and passive foreign investment company (PFIC) rules. He also regularly counsels clients on tax and corporate issues related to business operations, acquisitions, and sales, as well as advantageous business structures for tax planning purposes.

Jim is a frequent speaker on U.S. tax law, especially in the foreign account and asset reporting context. Jim annually presents to various accountant groups on updates to U.S. income tax laws and regulations, and administrative changes by the IRS. Jim also is a regular contributor to the Canadian Tax Highlights publication, and he has written for the Journal on Business Entities and contributed to local news stories on tax changes.

Prior to joining Hodgson Russ, Jim was a judicial intern for Judge Howard G. Munson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, and a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York. 


  • Syracuse University College of Law Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Award for the Study of Deferred Compensation
  • Certificate of Achievement in Gerontology, Syracuse University School of Health and Human Services



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Jim contributed to the archived Hodgson Russ Canada/U.S. cross-border blog, Smarter Way to Cross. His entries can be found on the Publications page.

Community & Pro Bono

  • Secretary, Kevin Guest House board of directors and Blues & Brew fundraising event co-chair
  • Mentor, University at Buffalo School of Law 1L Mentoring Program
  • Judge, Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition