Pia, Joseph


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  • LL.M. New York University '95
  • J.D. University of Detroit Mercy '94
  • B.S. University of Detroit Mercy '85

Professor Pia earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting summa cum laude at the University of Detroit in 1985.  He is also a 1994 cum laude graduate of the School of Law.  During his time as a student at UDM Law, he was junior staff editor and then editor-in-chief of the University of Detroit Mercy Law Review.  Following his J.D., Prof. Pia earned an LL.M. in Taxation at New York University School of Law.

He returned to Detroit to work as a tax associate for Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss until the summer of 1996.  His next position was with the tax department of General Motors Corporation in Detroit, followed by tax associate for Finkel, Whitefield, Selik, Raymond, Ferrara & Feldman, PC in Farmington Hills, MI.  In 1998,  Prof. Pia joined Hyman Lippitt P.C. in Birmingham, MI as an associate and later as a shareholder in the tax department.  

Professor Pia has taught as an adjunct professor for several colleges and universities in the metro-Detroit area including  Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Walsh College School of Business, UDM School of Business, and Oakland University School of Business. 

A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 1994, Prof. Pia is admitted to the U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Association.  He is past chairperson of the Practice & Procedure Committee of the State Bar of Michigan Tax Section, and he has served as a panelist for the State Bar of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. 


U.S. Basic Federal Income Tax (2520)

Corporate and Partnership Taxation (2530)

Advanced Corporate and Partnership Tax (3720)

Business Planning (3060)

International Tax (3590)