Timothy J. Bender


Tim is highly regarded as one of the most skillful, pragmatic and accomplished strategists in civil and criminal tax matters.

He represents individuals and corporations subject to financial investigation from initial contact through trial and appeals. Having worked for the IRS, Tim is particularly adept at handling tax controversies with the IRS and state and local taxing authorities, including those involving income tax, estate tax, sales/use tax and excise tax audits.

With his significant financial background, Tim provides guidance in the formation, operation, acquisition and disposition of business entities, as well as in tax and estate planning.

Distinctions + Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America – Tax Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Tax Controversy
  • The Best Lawyers in America – White-Collar Criminal Defense
  • Ohio Super Lawyers – Tax Law
  • AV-Preeminent Rated (Martindale-Hubbell)

Civic Involvement

  • Gates Mills Tax Board of Tax Appeals
  • Member

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
    • Trustee; Committee Chair, Cleveland Tax Institute
  • Cleveland Tax Club
    • Past President
  • Akron Law Review
    • Member

Related Practices

  • Tax Law
  • Corporate Investigations + White Collar Crime
  • Business Law + Corporate Transactions
  • Estates, Trusts + Probate


  • University of Akron School of Law, JD

  • University of Akron, BS


  • Ohio

  • U.S. Supreme Court

  • U.S. Tax Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Ohio

  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Ohio

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