Difede Ramsdell Bender PLLC is a boutique law firm focused exclusively on representing institutional clients in complex real estate transactions and tax matters.

Joseph E. Bender


Joe is a co-founder of the firm, focusing on federal and state tax matters for his clients.  

Prior to joining the firm in February 2014, Joe served as a tax partner at Edwards Wildman in Chicago, where he represented the firm’s clients for several years before joining Difede Ramsdell Bender LLC. He regularly advises clients on private equity investments, including investments made in pass-through investment vehicles, REITs or otherwise. Joe generally advises clients on the entire life cycle of a transaction, including the front end investment and the back end disposition of the investment, whether in taxable or tax free dispositions and restructurings. His practice frequently focuses on maximizing tax benefits among the parties. He also represents a number of taxpayers in their defense against federal, state and local revenue taxing authorities, and has served as an expert witness in judicial hearings on tax matters.

Joe is also admitted to practice law in DC, Illinois and admitted (currently inactive) in Wisconsin.


Marquette University, J.D., 1993

New York University School of Law, LL.M, Taxation, 1995

University of Illinois-Chicago, B.A., 1990

Adjunct Tax Faculty University of Illinois-Chicago and guest lecturer University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee)

Joe has received a peer rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell


900 Seventh Street, NW, Suite 810
Washington, DC 20001

Email: jbender@drblaw.net
Main: (202) 558-2900
Direct: (202) 534-3230

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