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Yale F. Goldberg  

Yale F. Goldberg

Tax Controversy, Civil and Criminal

Employment Tax Controversy

State and Local Tax

Administrative Law


Yale Goldberg bio

Tax litigation attorney and co-founding partner Yale Goldberg has a national reputation for successfully representing businesses and individuals in tax controversy and tax litigation in state and federal trial courts, Arizona Tax Court, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Claims Court, and state and federal courts of appeals. He also assists clients in tax planning and estate planning.

See more videos by Yale Goldberg on a variety of tax controversy and related topics

Peer Recognition

Yale is a Certified Specialist in Tax Law (Arizona Board of Legal Specialization), is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and was selected as Lawyer of the Year (Tax Law, Phoenix) for 2015 by The Best Lawyers in America®. In addition, he is consistently ranked by his peers among Arizona’s top attorneys: He has been a Super Lawyers honoree since 2007 (including a 2011 ranking among “Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers”) and listed in Best Lawyers for more than 20 years.

Professional Background

His professional career began as a trial attorney for the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. His Justice Department experience, combined with over 35 years in private practice resolving tax disputes, offers Yale's clients an extraordinary level of confidence for successfully resolving their tax issues related to individual and corporate audits, tax preparation, and non-resident and non-filer status.

Yale frequently works with and consults with retired IRS agents and Department of Justice attorneys in obtaining successful results for his clients.

Published Author

Yale is the co-author of Employees and Independent Contractors, a 1996 book designed to assist business owners in determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors and defending the determination before tax authorities. The book includes a wide array of topics, ranging from tax consequences of erroneous independent contractor classifications to defending against the IRS's assertion of trust fund recovery taxes.

In addition, he wrote "Protesting an IRS Employee Determination" in the July 1991 issue of The Practical Lawyer.

Recent Presentations

“Divorce-Related Tax Issues” (panelist), Family Law Section, State Bar of Arizona Convention, 2015


An avid runner, Yale has competed in marathons and ultra-marathons. He was one of a team of twenty runners who participated in a charity fund raising event between San Francisco and Washington, DC on behalf of ADAPT (America's Drug Abuse Prevention Team).

Along with Yale's passion for running, he is a long-time supporter and board member of the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development.

American College of Tax Counsel

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Rated by Super Lawyers 
AzBusiness Leaders


Certified Specialist in Tax Law, Arizona Board of Legal Specialization

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® (Tax Law, Tax Controversy), 1995-2018

Lawyer of the Year, Tax Law, Phoenix: The Best Lawyers in America, 2015

Super Lawyers, 2007-2018 ("Top 50 Arizona," 2011)

“Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona,” AZ Business, 2016, 2017

"AZ Business Leaders" (Law: Tax), AZ Big Media, 2013-2018

"Top Lawyers," North Valley Magazine, 2016

“Arizona’s Top 50 Lawyers,” Super Lawyers, 2011

Professional Memberships

American College of Tax Counsel: Fellow

American Bar Association: Section of Taxation; Past Chair, Committee on Social Security and Payroll Tax Problems, 1984-1988; Liaison to Western Region of the Internal Revenue Service, 1996-2000

State Bar of Arizona: Member and Past Chair, Tax Law Section

The District of Columbia Bar

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

American Equal Justice Campaign: Leadership Committee, 2001-present

George Washington University National Law Center: Alumni Board of Directors

Court Admissions

Arizona, 1978

U.S. Tax Court, 1977

U.S. Supreme Court, 1976

District of Columbia, 1972

Pennsylvania, 1972


LL.M. in Taxation, George Washington University School of Law, 1976

J.D., with Honors, George Washington University School of Law, 1972

University of Exeter (United Kingdom), Comparative Law Semester, 1971

B.B.A., George Washington University, 1969


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