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Joseph W. Gibbs


Joe’s practice is focused on federal, state and local taxation, including planning and controversy resolution. Joe has represented clients successfully before the Tennessee tax administrative bodies and before Tennessee courts, including the Tennessee Supreme Court. Joe represents a number of Fortune 500 companies with respect to their Tennessee tax matters. Joe also represents clients in federal tax controversy resolution, including administrative appeals and representation before the United States Tax Court. Joe has extensive experience in advising clients in structuring real estate transactions, including structuring ownership entities and investments in United States real estate by foreign investors. A substantial part of Joe’s practice includes advising clients with respect to economic and tax incentives available to businesses for expanding their facilities in Tennessee or relocating facilities to Tennessee, including structuring PILOTS and other incentives.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Tax Law, 1995–2016
    • Litigation, Controversy-Tax, 2010-2016
    • Economic Development Law, 2011-2016
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Economic Development Law, 2015
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Economic Development Law, 2013
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Nashville, Tax Law, 2011
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Tax, 2006-2015
  • Listed in Nashville Business Journal, "Best of the Bar," Tax/Estate Planning, 2006, 2010
  • Listed in Business Tennessee
    • "Best 101 Lawyers," 2004–2005
    • "150 Best Lawyers," 2006-2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, Board of Trustees
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Tennessee Art League, Board Member