Stephen A. Josey

Stephen Josey’s practice focuses on civil litigation, tax controversies, internal investigations, and white-collar criminal defense.  He has particular experience litigating tax controversies in federal district and bankruptcy courts, and customs matters before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Before joining Kostelanetz & Fink in 2018, Mr. Josey was a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in the International Trade Field Office of the Commercial Litigation Branch.  At the Civil Division, Mr. Josey handled disputes concerning the classification of merchandise under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule and valuations of imported products.  

From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Josey was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, which he joined through the Honors Program. His litigation experience at the Tax Division included cases involving Trust Fund Recovery Penalty liability, constructive pricing, tax credit and deduction substantiations, penalty liability relating to foreign bank reporting requirements, summons enforcement, and reasonable cause defenses.

Mr. Josey received the Tax Division’s Outstanding Attorney Award in 2016.

Prior to joining the Tax Division, Mr. Josey served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Breen of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

Mr. Josey received his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2012.  While in law school, Mr. Josey was a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law, which published his article, “Along for the Ride: GPS and the Fourth Amendment,” 14 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 161 (2011).

Mr. Josey received his B.A. with High Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2009.  He was a James B. Angell Scholar and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society. 


Tel: (212) 808-8100


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

University of Michigan, B.A. (2009)

Bar Admissions

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 Southern District of New York

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