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Judith A. Harris

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Judith A. Harris, Co-Chair of the Estate, Trust, and Tax Law Practice Group, has over 30 years of experience in the areas of taxation, wills and trusts, estate administration, business matters, and tax-exempt entities.

In addition to creating estate plans for clients from the most sophisticated to the most basic of wills, revocable trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills, Judith’s specialties include business matters involving corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Her practice also includes the creation and representation of charitable trusts and foundations, as well as representation of estates, trusts, and beneficiaries in disputes before the Orphans’ Court. She handles the resolution of tax controversies for business and individual taxpayers before all divisions of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. These cases often involve estate, business, and individual audits, or the resolution of collection efforts such as liens, levies, and garnishments by the IRS and state taxing authorities.

As an estate planning and tax attorney, Judith works with clients to structure the optimal transfer of a client’s wealth and business interests to younger generations with minimal tax consequences.

Judith is President of the Board of Trustees for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, a board member since 1993 and former officer of the Allentown Symphony Association, and a board member of the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. She is a board member and past President of the Fund to Benefit Children & Youth, Inc., and a former board member and Executive Committee member of the Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Judith is past President of the Estate Planning Council of the Lehigh Valley and served for 10 years on the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority Board of Governors. From 1993 to 2000, she was an adjunct instructor of “Wills, Trusts, and Estates” at Penn State University’s Lehigh Valley Campus. Judith was included in the Lehigh Valley Business 2021 “Power 30 in Law” listing.

Education
  • Villanova University School of Law
    • LL.M. in Taxation, with concentration in Estate Planning, 1991
  • American University Washington College of Law
    • J.D., 1986
  • Bryn Mawr College
    • A.B., cum laude, 1983
  • Pushkin Institute, Moscow, Russia
    • Diploma, 1982
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Tax Law Section
  • Bar Association of Lehigh County
  • Northampton County Bar Association
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court
    • Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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