Joe Hanley

Founder & PresidentJoe Hanley

Joe began his professional career as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps, where he served in combat in Operation Desert Storm and won several personal decorations. After graduating from law school, he managed a housing shelter, working on issues related to homeless individuals and families.

He then founded several successful entrepreneurial ventures in insurance, technology and education. His own experience and frustrations settling an IRS tax debt in the mid-90’s was a prime motivator in forming The Tax Defenders in 2002.

He enjoys life in downtown Chicago and is a big fan of Notre Dame Football. Joe’s first job out of law school was the director of operations at a homeless shelter. Joe also loves to stay in shape. So much so, that he has run 5 full marathons in the past.

Mr. Hanley, Founder and President of The Tax Defenders, directs the client development and growth of the firm.

Academic Background:

  • B.A. Illinois Institute of Technology
  • J.D. Notre Dame Law School

Volunteer Work/Community Involvement:

  • Charis Ministries
  • Marines for Life

Professional Memberships/Associations:

  • VFW

Former Employers:

  • United States Marine Corps
  • South Bend Center for the Homeless
  • Reynolds and Baker


  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Robert Horner Leadership Grant

Direct Dial #: (312) 940-1608

Hear from Our Satisfied Clients

  • The Tax Defenders I really, really appreciate it. I would recommend them to anyone, to anyone.
  • The Tax Defenders I would recommend you to anybody else who needs help with their income tax problems
  • The Tax Defenders I want to thank all of you for everything you’ve done for me. I’m finally clear of this hanging over me for a long, long time.
  • The Tax Defenders It was awesome how they took care of everything and worked with my finances. They were able to resolve 100% of the money owed. I am glad that I called them.
  • The Tax Defenders With one phone call, and in 15 minutes, they clearly explained my options, even though they were not able to help me. Who does that???
  • The Tax Defenders The Tax Defenders handled my case professionally and efficiently
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