Share Printer-friendly versionPDF versionA TitleA TitleA Title A A A Joseph A. Rieser TabsetOverviewBar & Court Admissions Bar & Court Admissions District of Columbia Bar Pennsylvania Bar Supreme Court of the United StatesUS Court of Appeals, District of Columbia CircuitUS Court of Appeals, 9th CircuitUS Court of Federal ClaimsUS District Court, District of ColumbiaUS District Court, Western District of PennsylvaniaUS Tax Court Education Harvard Law School, JD (cum laude) , 1974 Harvard University, MPP 1974 Princeton University, AB (Phi Beta Kappa, Woodrow Wilson School Scholar) , 1969 Joseph A. RieserPartnerWashington, DC T 202.857.8964 E email@example.com Download vCard Joe Rieser is a tax partner at Arent Fox. His practice primarily focuses on federal income taxation. He provides tax planning and advice on real estate and partnership matters (including REITs), corporate mergers and acquisitions, exempt organizations, taxation of foreign activities of US residents, taxation of foreign investors in the United States, and workouts and restructurings. He has worked on cross-border matters involving all of the continents except Antarctica. In the last several years, a number of matters on which he has been the lead tax advisor have been identified as “Deals of the Year.” He also has had considerable experience with state taxation and successfully argued one of the leading Commerce Clause cases involving DC taxation. Previous Work Before joining Arent Fox, Joe was a partner at another prominent law firm. Professional Activities Joe has been an active member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has held a number of significant positions in that organization. He served for six years on the Steering Committee of the DC Bar’s Tax Section, and chaired the Section for three years. Previously, Joe chaired several of the Section’s committees, including service as the founding chair of the Section's state and local taxes committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and served, by appointment of the ABA president, as a member of the Advisory Commission to the ABA’s Committee on Law and the Electoral Process. Other Significant Legal Activities Joe has served in a number of national political positions, including pro bono service as General Counsel of the 1984 Democratic National Convention Committee (1983-84) and as General Counsel of the national Democratic Party (DNC) (1985-89). He was a senior legal advisor to the 1992 Clinton/Gore campaign and also a member of the 1992 Clinton Presidential Transition Team. Publications, Presentations and Recognitions Joe has been the author and editor of several notable publications: “'Tax Shelter’ Disclosure and List Maintenance Rules,” The Practical Tax Lawyer; 2005 (vol. 19, no. 3), co-written with Wendi L. Kotzen and David B. Bailey “Obtaining an Abandonment or Worthlessness Deduction for a Partnership Interest,” J Part. Tax; spring 1998 at 42 Editor, tax chapters supplement to Real Estate Development: Long-Term Care and Retirement Facilities (Matthew Bender); 1989-1991 Income and Franchise Taxation chapters, District of Columbia Bar Practice Manual Life Beyond the Law Joe is married, with one son. His first full-time job was as director of field operations for a US Senate nominee, and he has maintained an interest and involvement in politics and public policy ever since. Over the years, he has held leadership positions in various exempt charitable and educational organizations, including chair of the Kennedy School’s national alumni association, president of a DC public school PTA, trustee of a center and school for children and adults with learning disabilities, and board member of the supporting organization for a major DC public recreation facility. In his spare time he is generally reading or fixing something around his home, but wishes he were at a beach engaged in creative loafing. Newsroom Date Type Title 2 / 7 / 2013 Alert Maryland Court of Special Appeals Rules Against Taxpayer’s Out-of-State Intangible Holding Company Structure 12 / 18 / 2012 Alert IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Regarding New Medicare Tax on Investment Income: Real Estate Professionals Should Consider Carefully 10 / 9 / 2012 Press Release American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell Recognize 46 Arent Fox Lawyers Across 19 Practice Areas as "Top Rated Lawyers" 6 / 28 / 2012 Event Decision Day for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Conference Call 6 / 28 / 2012 Event Decision Day for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Conference Call Replay Details 11 / 3 / 2011 Press Release Arent Fox Announces VSE Corporation’s Acquisition of Wheeler Bros., Inc. Named Americas M&A Atlas Awards’ “Manufacturing Deal of the Year” 5 / 17 / 2011 Press Release Arent Fox LLP Named a Finalist for 2011 Turnaround Atlas Awards 3 / 17 / 2011 Press Release Arent Fox LLP Wins M&A Advisor’s 2011 Turnaround Award for Reorganization Work on Behalf of The Walking Company 2 / 1 / 2011 Press Release Arent Fox LLP Named a Finalist for 2011 Turnaround Awards 1 / 12 / 2011 Alert IRS Issues Guidance for REITs Modifying or Purchasing Distressed Debt But Leaves Some Questions Unanswered 4 / 1 / 2010 Alert Hospitals Must Satisfy New Requirements To Maintain Exempt Status 8 / 11 / 2009 Alert IRS Posits That Open-Air Parking Structures Are Subject To 39-Year Depreciation 3 / 26 / 2009 Alert Energy Tax Incentives in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 2 / 25 / 2009 Alert The Illogic of the COD Income Deferral Provision in the 2009 Recovery Act and its Application to Real Estate Foreclosures 2 / 2 / 2009 Media Mention BNA's Daily Report for Executives, NewsChannel 8 Talk to Arent Fox's Earl Colson About Implications of Madoff Scandal 1 / 29 / 2009 Event Tax Loss and Debt Restructuring Planning 11 / 11 / 2008 Alert Issues in Exchanging Partnership Debt for Partnership Equity Proposed Regulations under Code Section 108 8 / 6 / 2008 Alert Increased IRS Scrutiny for Partnership Transactions 7 / 23 / 2008 Alert Partnership Interests in Return for Services: What the Proposed Carried Interest Legislation Means for our Clients 5 / 1 / 2008 Event Is Your Tax-Exempt Organization Ready for the New IRS Form 990? 2 / 19 / 2008 Alert Is Your Organization Ready for the New Form 990?