Joshua concentrates his practice on state and local taxation, focusing on New York State and New York City tax matters, as well as multistate tax planning. He represents clients in audits and disputes with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York City Department of Finance and is experienced in handling personal income tax and corporate tax matters. Joshua also has significant experience in tax litigation at the administrative and appellate levels.

Joshua has significant experience handling sales tax planning and controversies and with tax issues confronting the construction industry. He has represented construction contractors, subcontractors, building owners and architects on sales tax audits and related matters. He has also worked extensively on sales tax issues in the area of telecommunications technology and cloud computing.

Joshua routinely assists companies on multistate tax matters, including income tax and sales tax “nexus” issues and tax issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions, the formation of new businesses and conducting business in multiple jurisdictions.

On the personal income tax side, Joshua represents individuals in New York State income tax audits and is particularly experienced in nonresident income allocation issues, especially in the area of executive compensation and benefits.

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


  • New York State Supreme Court, 2005


Skidmore College, B.A. 

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude


  • New York


  • Listed, Buffalo Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's Legal Elite of Western New York, 2020
  • Harry A. Rachlin Prize in Real Property Law & Real Estate Transactions
  • Former publications editor, Buffalo Law Review
  • Albert E. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition participant

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  • Immediate Past President and Current Member, Board of Directors: Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (2020)

Multimedia & Podcasts

  • Stupid Sales Tax Rules

    Have you ever really looked into some of the distinctions between what makes an item taxable or nontaxable in New York? Well, we have, and some of the rules are just plain outrageous. Joe is joined by Mark Klein, Joe Endres, and Josh Lawrence to discuss some of New York State’s silliest sales tax rules. You’ll be shocked at how the tiniest difference can result in a hefty sales tax bill. The panel shares stories about some of the niche sales tax issues that have come up on audit.

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