With Fortress, not only is every case personally handled by a licensed professional, it is handled by a tax attorney who has extensive experience in handling back tax cases. If you want to speak with the attorney handling your case, all you have to do is pick up the phone. You won’t chance having your case handled by an inexperienced, incompetent or, even, unlicensed representative. The risk of your case being transferred from one representative to another, again and again, is virtually nonexistent.
Your case will be personally handled by one of our following licensed tax attorneys:
Stephen K. Galgoczy, Esq.
Stephen K. Galgoczy is the founder and president of Fortress Financial Services, and has been representing taxpayers in collections with both state and federal governments since 1999. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (focus on Finance and Marketing) from the University of Washington and attended Seattle University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He graduated law school cum laude and in the top 25% of his class, and holds a license to practice law in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado
Jeremy R. Dickman, Esq.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. After working as a copy editor at a major newspaper, Jeremy attended the University of Oregon School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor. Jeremy holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Jeremy Dickman has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. . Before entering the tax negotiation field, Jeremy was a successful litigator and criminal defense attorney.
Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Colorado College and earned his law degree on an academic scholarship from Willamette University College of Law. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. Consistent with the unblemished track record of all Fortress attorneys, Peter Brantley has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. Prior to becoming a tax negotiation professional, Peter honed his legal skills as an extern for the Oregon Supreme Court and became an expert in a wide variety of governmental legal issues.
David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In addition, David holds a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark School of Law as well as an LL.M. (an attorney’s post-doctorate master’s degree) in Taxation from the University of San Diego School of Law. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Oregon. David has never been disciplined by the Oregon Bar Association. Prior to joining Fortress, David fought for taxpayers in collections with the IRS while working for a Low-Income Legal Tax Clinic located in downtown Portland, Oregon.
David K. Petzinger, Esq.
David not only earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho, he also earned an LL.M. in Taxation (this is a post-doctorate Master’s Degree) from the University of Washington. He holds a license in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. David Petzinger has never been disciplined by the Washington Bar Association. Prior to joining Fortress, David worked for the prestigious Seattle law firm, K & L Gates, where he was involved with a variety of large civil litigation cases.
Artour Safarian holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and attended Seattle University School of Law on an academic scholarship. He graduated law school cum laude and holds a license to practice law in good standing with the Supreme Court of the State of Washington. Art has never been disciplined by the Washington State Bar Association.
The representation that you receive is only as good as the representative to whom your case is assigned. With many of the larger tax resolution firms around the United States, you have no idea to whom your case will be assigned. A common practice in the tax resolution services industry is to have cases handled by a “case manager” who is neither licensed nor authorized to practice before the taxing authorities. Firms who use “case managers” usually have one or more licensed professionals on staff. However, it can be difficult or impossible to actually speak to one of their licensed professionals. Worse yet, the licensed professional may have little or no oversight of your case. Turnover among unlicensed “case managers” can be high, so your case can be shuffled from one representative to another, again and again. This often results in high fees, poor service, and no results.