The Philly Tax Defender Team

The Philly Tax Defenders are prepared to represent you in matters relating to tax resolution.

Edward L. Perkins, BA, JD, LLM (Tax), CPA

Edward PerkinsMr. Perkins has been practicing as a tax and transactional attorney for over thirty-five years.

Mr. Perkins is a principal shareholder in the firm and also a member of the faculty of the Graduate Tax Program of the Villanova Law School. In that program he currently teaches “The Drafting Fundamentals of Estate Planning Documents” – a course that he developed for the program and which is now required for all those seeking the Program’s Certificate in Estate Planning. In the past, he has taught “Comparative Taxation of Business Entities”, “Federal Estate and Gift Tax”, “Estate Planning”, “Tax Research”, “Taxation of Individual Taxpayers”, “Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships”, “Advanced Tax Accounting”, and “State and Local Taxation.”

Mr. Perkins is the founder and president of, a Web-based provider of CPE credit for CPAs, and CLE credits for Attorneys.

Walter J. Timby, III, BA, JD, LLM (Tax)

Walter Timby

Mr. Timby received his Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University in 1973 and his Juris Doctorate from the Villanova University School of Law in 1976, Mr. Timby became a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. In 1989, he also became a member of the New Jersey Bar.

He is a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Timby is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the District of New Jersey, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Well-versed in all aspects of law, he is especially knowledgeable in the areas of litigation and taxation.

Stephen Loester, BS, JD, LLM (Tax)

Stephen LoesterStephen Loester obtained a Juris Doctorate and an LL.M. in Taxation from Villanova University School of Law. While at Villanova, Mr. Loester served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Elizabeth T. Hey, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He also represented clients in the Villanova Law Federal Tax Clinic, where he represented low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS, both before the IRS and in federal court. Mr. Loester graduated from Fairfield University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management.


Mr. Loester is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Michael Siddons, BA, JD, LLM (Tax) – of Counsel

Michael SiddonsMr. Siddons holds a LLM in Taxation from the Villanova Law School. Mr. Siddons is one of the leading Attorneys in the country in the area of real estate tax appeals.

Mr. Siddons is a Martindale-Hubbell AV “Preeminent” rated attorney.  AVVO rated “Superb,” 10.0 out of 10.0.

Martin Pezzner, BS, JD, CPA – of Counsel

Martin PezznerMr. Martin J. Pezzner is a practicing attorney for over twenty-five years.  After graduating Wilkes College with a Bachelor of Science in accounting, he was employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Philadelphia, PA as a Tax Revenue Agent (Field Agent) for five years. He also worked for one year in the Philadelphia IRS Appeals Office.  While employed by the IRS, he secured his CPA License.  Mr. Pezzner received his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1989.

He is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He is a longtime member of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Probate and Trust Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar.