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James M. Bandoblu Jr.

Palm Beach Office Managing Partner

Jim practices in a wide range of domestic and international tax areas. Jim is the leader of the firm's Federal Tax Controversy Practice 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 and criminal tax 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. Jim 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. He annually presents to various accountant groups on updates to U.S. income tax laws and regulations, and administrative changes by the IRS. Jim also was 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. 

Jim exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York and Florida.


  • U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York


Le Moyne College, B.S., cum laude

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

University of Florida, L.L.M.


  • Florida
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • 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

News & Insights


  • Secretary, Board of Directors: Kevin Guest House and Co-Chair, Blues & Brew fundraising event
  • Mentor: University at Buffalo School of Law,1L Mentoring Program
  • Judge: Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition


  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Ontario Bar Association
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