Bradley A. Ridlehoover


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  • New York University School of Law, LLM, Taxation, 2009
  • The College of William & Mary, JD, Staff Member, William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, 2008
  • Presbyterian College, BA, BS Business Administration, Political Science with Honors, 2005
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Virginia Bar Association

Member, Georgia Bar Association

Member, J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (U.S. Tax Court)

Board Member, Community Tax Law Project

Board Member, Armed Services Arts Partnership

Board Member, iat4ss

Brad assists taxpayers facing federal tax disputes, guiding them through the resolution process from the administrative audit to trial. He sat second chair in a four-day Tax Court trial involving a multimillion-dollar transferee liability dispute. To avoid the time and expense of trial, Brad helps clients reach positive settlements of income, estate and gift, and international tax disputes.

In addition to his tax controversy experience, Brad routinely advises nonprofits and charities, including public charities, colleges and universities, supporting organizations, private foundations, and charitable trusts, in dealing with federal tax and governance issues. Brad has significant experience assisting non-profit organizations in obtaining exemption from federal income tax, as well as advising these organizations regarding compliance matters, including governance issues, self-dealing, excess benefit transactions, minimum distributions, and unrelated business taxable income. For the past four years, Brad has been recognized in Super Lawyers as a "Virginia Rising Star” for his tax practice, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state each year.

Through his ties to the Community Tax Law Project, Brad represents low-income taxpayers facing a Tax Court trial pro bono and he has helped more than 50 clients resolve their disputes. Brad also volunteers through the Richmond Bar Pro Bono Clearinghouse to provide pro bono representation to nonprofits seeking tax-exempt status and assistance resolving tax disputes.

Brad serves as president of the Board of Directors of the Community Tax Law Project, a low-income taxpayer clinic based in Richmond, Virginia, and as a member of the Board of Directors of iat4ss, a Virginia nonprofit working to enhance diversity among CPAs. He also is outside general counsel to Armed Services Arts Partnership, a Virginia nonprofit that offers supportive, expressive arts programs at no cost to service members, veterans and military families. ASAP is known for its Comedy Bootcamp program.

Brad is a certified public accountant licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He also is a member of the J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (U.S. Tax Court).

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Bradley A Ridlehoover
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Carter v. Commissioner, 7th Cir., No. 13-02822, (March 25, 2014). Successfully represented pension plan in a group of pension plan participants’ challenge to a favorable Tax Court decision concerning the plan’s qualified status.

Carter v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2013-124 (May 9, 2013). Successfully represented plan in asserting collateral estoppel as a bar to a group of pension plan participants’ challenge that a plan amendment violated ERISA’s anti-cutback provisions.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Woodward/White, Inc., 2017-2019

Named to "Virginia Rising Stars," Tax, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2015-2018

Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year, Community Tax Law Project, 2010

Co-Author, Chapters 6 (Appeals) and 14 (Penalties), Effectively Representing Your Client Before the IRS, 7th Ed. and 6th Ed., March 2018
Author, "The Grinch That Stole Their Reasonable Cause…," Procedurally Taxing, December 10, 2014
Co-author, Chapter 6, "Income Tax–Planning Considerations In Divorce And Separation," Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements, 2013
Moderator, "MCLE Ethics: Is There A Line That Cannot Be Crossed When Advising Clients How To Avoid Taxes?," University of Virginia 70th Annual Conference on Federal Taxation, June 7, 2018
Speaker, "2017 Tax Reform Act Impacts Divorce Proceedings," Family Law CLE, CABA Family Law Section, May 30, 2018
Panelist, "Navigating the Tax Court Litigation Process: From Petition to Post-Trial Briefs (And Beyond)," 42nd Annual Tax Law Conference, Federal Bar Association, March 9, 2018
Speaker, Tax Bootcamp: Tax Issues Your Clients Can't Avoid, Virginia CLE, August 10 & 29, 2017
Speaker, "Proper Handling of an Audit Tax Controversy, to Include What to Do Today with the New Partnership (and LLC) Audit Rules," 69th Annual Virginia Conference on Federal Taxation, University of Virginia, June 9, 2017
Speaker, "Avoiding IRS Audits and Defending Oneself in an Audit," Be a Road Warrior, Not Road Kill: Issues Confronting Fiduciaries, October 7, 2015
Co-presenter, "Dealing with the IRS – Best Practices for Avoiding an Audit and How to Navigate the Process if Your Organization is Selected," Non-Profits and Associations Forum, ACC National Capital Region, May 12, 2015
Moderator, "Ethical Issues in Federal Tax Practice — The Government Perspective," 2015 American Bar Association Section of Tax May Meeting, May 8, 2015
Speaker, What's a Young Tax Attorney to Do When...?, American Bar Association Section of Taxation, April 8, 2015
Moderator, "What's a Young Tax Attorney to Do When...?," ABA Section of Taxation 2015 Midyear Meeting, January 30, 2015
Speaker, "Hot Issues on Estate and Gift Tax Audits and Appeals," New Developments in Tax and Wealth Planning, October 22, 2014
Speaker, "Income Tax Planning Considerations in Divorce and Separation," 33rd Annual Family Law Seminar, October 2014
Moderator, Tax Controversy Today: New Developments and Practical Tips, The Community Tax Law Project, September 17, 2013