Ira B. Stechel

Chair, Tax Department
Ira B. Stechel

“Is my philosophy that a great attorney must be honest, confident, analytical, attentive, trustworthy, responsive and have a great work ethic. I bring these qualities to each case and work toward solutions in a timely and economical fashion. Additionally, my time spent on various business and charitable boards ”




  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Southern & Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

  • J.D., Cornell Law School, Note Editor, Cornell International Law Journal

  • B.A., City College of New York, magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • New York State Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Member, Committee on Corporations
    • Member, Committee on Partners and Partnerships
  • American Bar Association
    • Section of Taxation
    • Member, Committee on Real Estate
    • Member, Committee on Individual Investments and Workouts
  • City of Stamford, Member, Stamford Board of Ethics
  • North Stamford Association, Member. Board of Directors
  • Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Inc, Advisory Board, Member
  • Giulio Gari Opera Foundation, Member, Board of Directors and tax counsel

Ira B. Stechel is a partner at Dorf Nelson & Zauderer LLP and Chair of the Firm’s Tax Department.  Mr. Stechel is a veteran tax lawyer with more than four decades of experience representing individuals, partnerships, and corporations. Clients value Mr. Stechel’s  comprehensive experience in navigating the wide range of tax issues encountered in both business and personal contexts, from simple issues to the most complex.

Mr. Stechel’s diverse practice includes significant experience structuring tax efficient transactions and representing taxpayers involved in tax disputes and controversies before various taxing authorities at the federal, state, and local levels. He advises on corporate partnership and real estate transactional work.

Mr. Stechel’s areas of concentration include corporate tax, employee benefits and executive compensation, federal tax litigation and controversy, international tax qualified opportunity zones, real property tax planning, state and local tax consulting, and state and local tax litigation and controversy.

A widely sought after thought leader and frequent author on tax matters, Mr. Stechel is an Advisory Board member of Bloomberg BNA Tax Management, Inc. and is the author of “Entertainment, Meals, Gifts and Lodging—Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements” and “Travel and Transportation Expenses—Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements,” both of which are portfolios within the Tax Management U.S. Income Tax series. He has also contributed numerous articles to the Journal of Taxation, the Tax Management Real Estate Journal, and other leading professional publications.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Stechel was a partner at Akerman LLP.

  • New York Metro Super Lawyers: 2006-2024, Listed in New York for Tax
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rated
  • Presentation to Professional Appraisers Round Table, “The Impact on Appraisers of Recent Legislation and Legislative Proposals” (May 8, 2023)
  • Presentation to New York Tax Study Group, “Curbing Expense Account Abuse on the Part of Employees” (Feb. 14, 2022)
  • Article, Bloomberg Tax Management Memorandum, “Final Regulations Differentiate Meals From Entertainment Expenses and Clarify Deductibility of Meal Expenses” (Nov. 23, 2020)
  • Web Credenza, Webinar, Speaker, “Opportunity Zones: The New Wave of Real Estate Finance (June 22, 2020) 
  • Article, Practice Update , “Treasury and IRS Issue Final Opportunity Zone Regulations” (Feb. 4, 2020)
  • mylawCLE, Webinar, Speaker, “Business Entertainment and Meal Expenses Following the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” (Nov . 15, 2018)
  • “Entertainment, Meals, Gifts and Lodging—Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements” , Bloomberg BNA Tax Management
  • “Travel and Transportation Expenses—Deduction and Recordkeeping Requirements”, Bloomberg BNA Tax Management

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