Skip links

Stephen Josey

Stephen Josey



New York City
T: 212.808.8100
F: 212.808.8108

Stephen Josey is an experienced litigator whose practice focuses on tax controversies, white-collar criminal defense, and commercial disputes.

Mr. Josey regularly represents clients in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. Mr. Josey has particular experience litigating tax controversies in federal district court, where he has defended several clients in actions brought by the United States Department of Justice Tax Division to collect outstanding federal tax liabilities. Mr. Josey also routinely advises clients on voluntary disclosures, tax compliance issues, and tax refund procedure.

Mr. Josey maintains a robust white-collar criminal defense practice, where he has represented clients facing investigation or prosecution for federal tax, antitrust, and customs violations.

In addition to his tax-related work, Mr. Josey also represents clients engaged in commercial disputes. His representative matters include defending the chairman of a company against claims of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties that were brought by the company’s executive leadership; defending an accounting firm accused of fraud; and defending a company in an arbitration concerning a contractual dispute with a health benefits vendor.

Prior to joining Kostelanetz LLP, Mr. Josey served for nearly five years as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, first in the Tax Division (2013-2016), where he was hired through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, and later in the Civil Division (2016-2018). In 2016, Mr. Josey received an Outstanding Attorney Award from the Tax Division for his work defending the United States in a tax refund suit involving excise taxes on tobacco products.

Mr. Josey received his B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as a managing editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology. Following law school, Mr. Josey served as a law clerk to the Hon. J. Daniel Breen of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D. (2012)

University of Michigan, B.A. (2009)

District of Columbia

New York


U.S. Court of Federal Claims

U.S. Court of International Trade

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Stephen Josey - Best Lawyers 2023
Stephen Josey - Super Lawyers 2022
Stephen Josey - Super Lawyers 2021
Super Lawyers Rising Stars