Lisa Reilly Payton
Lisa Reilly Payton



    Senior partner and Best Lawyers® honoree Lisa Reilly Payton focuses her law practice on estate planning, tax planning, and federal and state tax controversy.

    Lisa is a popular speaker and has appeared multiple times on the Emmy Award-winning talk show The List.

    Estate and Business Planning

    Lisa’s estate planning experience includes helping individuals, couples, and business owners identify their planning options and tailoring their choices to their unique situations and goals. In guiding her clients through the planning process, Lisa and her team provide all documents necessary to executing her clients’ plans, including:

    • wills,
    • trusts,
    • asset conveyances into the trust,
    • financial powers of attorney,
    • health care powers of attorney, and
    • living wills.

    She also advises business owners in business formation, succession planning and tax planning.

    Tax Controversy

    In her tax controversy practice, Lisa represents individuals before the IRS and the Arizona Department of Revenue in income tax collection disputes. Through the offer-in-compromise settlements she has negotiated with the IRS in recent years, Lisa has saved her clients more than $20 million in federal income taxes.

    In addition to income tax controversies, Lisa advocates for businesses in contested employment tax matters, and she assists businesses with sales tax and withholding tax issues before the Arizona Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities.

    Practice Areas

    • Estate Planning
    • Business Law and Entity Formation
    • Probate and Trust Administration
    • Tax Controversy
    • Employment Tax Controversy
    • State and Local Tax
    • Administrative Law

    Honors & Awards

    • The Best Lawyers in America® (Trusts and Estates), 2023, 2024
    • Az Business Leaders, AZ Big Media, 2024
    • “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2023, 2024” (Tax Law), AZ Business Magazine
    • Phoenix Magazine “Top Lawyer” (Tax Law), 2022, 2023
    • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars (Tax Law), 2020, 2021
    • “The Most Influential Women in Arizona,” Az Business Magazine, 2018
    Lisa Reilly Payton
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    Bar & Court Admissions

    • Arizona, 2011
    • U.S. Tax Court, 2013


    • J.D., Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, 2010
    • B.A., Journalism and Mass Communications, Arizona State University, 2004

    Professional Memberships

    • State Bar of Arizona
    • Maricopa County Bar Association
    • Valley Estate Planners: Member, Board of Directors, 2022-2026

    Articles & Presentations

    • Arizona Tax Credits and CARES Act Tax Deductions,” Successful Aging, KFNX 1100 AM, November 2020
    • People Magazine and the IRS,” Strategic Sensibility (podcast), September 2019
    • “What to Do When the IRS Audits Your Tax Return,” The List, 2018
    • “How to Detect an IRS Scam,” The List, 2018
    • “Front Seat to Tax Reform: Overview of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” National Bank of Arizona, 2018
    • “Estate Tax Traps to Avoid,” Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, 2016
    • “Tax Settlement Options: Do You Qualify?” (interview), The Seth Leibsohn Show, 2015
    • “Divorce-Related Tax Issues” (panelist), Family Law Section, State Bar of Arizona Convention, 2015