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Stephen J. Olsen





Stephen J. Olsen concentrates his practice in taxation, trust and estate planning and administration, business transactional matters, and business succession planning. Mr. Olsen received his law degree, cum laude, and his Master of Laws in Taxation (3.97 GPA) from Villanova University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Olsen served in the Federal Tax Clinic representing low income taxpayers before the IRS and Tax Court, and participated in the VITA tax preparation program for low income taxpayers. Mr. Olsen received his undergraduate degree in economics, with honors, from Lycoming College, where he was a member of the scholars program.

In addition to working at Gawthrop Greenwood, Mr. Olsen is currently assisting in the preparation of supplements and the new edition of the seminal tax procedure treatise, IRS Practice and Procedure (Rev. 2d ed.) (WG&L 2002), written by Michael Saltzman and Leslie Book. He is also a past Chester County Coordinator for the Wills for Heroes program, serves as the co-chair of the steering committee of the Chester County Community Foundation's (CCF) Imprints program, is a board member of The Hickman, and is a board member for Aid then Trade.

Mr. Olsen is a member of Gawthrop Greenwood's Estates and Trusts Department, practicing in the areas of Estate & Trust Administration, Estate Planning Taxation , and Business Transactions.

Mr. Olsen is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Washington, DC and before the tax court. He is a member of the Chester County, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the committees on taxation of the Pennsylvania and the American Bar Association, and a member of the Chester County Estate Planning Council.

Mr. Olsen is a creator of and frequent poster on the popular blog, Procedurally Taxing. He has also written many other articles over the years, including:

Mr. Olsen also speaks at a variety of seminars on topics related to tax controversy, tax planning, charitable planning, estate planning, and estate and trust administration. He has been interviewed multiple times on Fox 29 News, speaking about tax issues and his work with the Wills For Heroes program.

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E-mail: solsen@gawthrop.com

Tel: (610) 696-8225

Fax: (610) 696-7111

Assistant: Harriett Binder

Email: hbinder@gawthrop.com

Practice Areas:

Estate Administration

Estate Planning


Business Transactions

Honors & Award:

Super Lawyer's Rising Star in Estate Planning and Probate, 2014


Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, LL.M., Taxation

Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA, J.D.

Honors: Cum Laude

Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, B.A., Economics

Court Admissions:


U.S. Tax Court

Washington, D.C.