Justin joined the firm in 2017 and has more than 16 years of experience advising clients on the tax impact of a variety of complex business transactions. As Chair of the Tax Department, he is responsible for directing the firm’s tax initiatives internally and for developing products and services for the Pittsburgh and Columbus tax practices.

Justin focuses his practice on business entity and private equity mergers and acquisitions. He regularly assists companies, sponsors and investors with structuring transactions to achieve the most tax efficient result. Justin also regularly acts as an outside Tax Director for his clients, assisting the management team with tax planning, tax compliance and reporting, and transactional matters.

Justin advises clients in diversified sectors, including construction, manufacturing, retail, and professional services.


B.A. – Accounting, University of Pittsburgh
J.D. – Duquesne University School of Law

Professional and Community Involvement

Practice Unit Leader—Tax Advisory Services Department

Member—Allegheny County Bar Association – Taxation Section

Member—Schneider Downs SEC Practice Group


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and son and boating on the Allegheny River.


What was the best advice you’ve ever received?

Treat everyone like a future client.


People would be surprised to know that I…….

Was interviewed twice on the Gretchen Carlson Show on Fox News.


What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?

Helping my client’s understand the tax impact of business transactions.


What was your first job?

Bagging groceries and collecting shopping carts from the parking lot at the local Giant Eagle.


When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?

Spend time with my son.


Do you have advice for young professionals?

Be a sponge.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: The Tax Implications Of Overseas Valuations.

Big Thinking: $1 Million In Tax Savings.

Shareholder MARY RICHTER has more than 20 years of public accounting experience since joining Schneider Downs in 2002. She has expertise with domestic and international tax planning, state tax nexus, tax credits, accounting for income taxes, and specific transaction planning and implementation.
One of Mary’s clients was reorganizing their overseas operating structure and wanted to move certain assets to different jurisdictions. The client had been purchased by a Private Equity group and called us about updating a valuation we had previously done for the business. In addition to working through the valuation questions, we were able to identify an opportunity to revise their restructuring plan to avoid taxation of a significant portion of the transactions. “By asking questions, having a strong understanding of their needs, and collaborating with the client, we were able to save them roughly $1 million in taxes,” Mary said. “Plus, our plan enabled them to generate future tax deductions overseas to offset the current cost of restructuring. We also saved them substantially on fees.” Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal Focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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