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Joseph A. DiRuzzo III, CPA,Esq.

Joseph A. DiRuzzo, III, is a senior attorney with Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL and is also a Certified Public Accountant. He concentrates his practice in the areas of tax law, tax litigation and controversy, fraud detection and litigation, and financial statement disclosures. Mr. DiRuzzo is also experienced in mergers and acquisitions, cross border transactions and entity structuring, corporate governance, food and drug law, Bank Secrecy Act compliance and litigation, anti-money laundering compliance, and white collar criminal defense (both domestic and international). Mr. DiRuzzo assists businesses and individuals structure the most efficient transaction, addresses corporate governance and governmental compliance issues after the transaction has been consummated, and provides any post-transaction litigation support at the audit, trial and the appellate level. He has tried over forty civil and criminal cases at the federal and state level as well as in the U.S. territorial courts and has also been lead counsel on numerous civil and criminal appeals. With a background as both an attorney and as a CPA, Mr. DiRuzzo has the ability to view client issues from different perspectives to provide a fully integrated approach, combining law, accounting, and business acumen to provide valuable legal support to his clients. Prior to joining Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph, PL, Mr. DiRuzzo was an associate at the taxation boutique of the Law Office of Marjorie Roberts, P.C., located in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. During his tenure with that firm, Mr. DiRuzzo was lead counsel on numerous federal taxation cases before United States District Courts and the United States Tax Court involving tax shelter litigation, tax refund litigation, summons enforcement, and freedom of information act actions. Mr. DiRuzzo has also served as a taxation associate of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in New York, New York, where he worked in the international taxation department. While at PwC, Mr. DiRuzzo worked on numerous projects including multi-million dollar divestitures and global restructurings, FAS 109 and FIN 48 tax accounting calculations and disclosures, and numerous merger and acquisition deals. Mr. DiRuzzo is admitted to the Bar in Florida, New York, New Jersey, and the Virgin Islands. He is also licensed as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a CPA by the State of Florida. Position: Senior Tax Associate Office Location: Miami 1001 Brickell Bay Drive 32nd Floor Miami, Florida 33131