Ex-Treasury, Congressional Tax Expert Berman to Head Graduate Tax Program at BU Law School
(Boston) — Veteran Washington, D.C., tax attorney and former U.S. Treasury and Congressional tax expert Daniel M. Berman will head the graduate tax program at Boston University School of Law effective July 1, Dean Maureen O’Rourke announced. Berman will succeed Associate Dean Ernest M. Haddad, who will remain on the faculty.
“Dan brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the area of tax law,” said O’Rourke. “His understanding of tax policy, coupled with his experience as a practicing tax lawyer and teacher, will greatly enhance our ability to prepare students for practice.”
A partner since 2001 at Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP, and from 1997 to 2001 at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Berman was deputy international tax counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury from 1995 to 1997, and served as legislation counsel to the Joint Committee on Taxation on Capitol Hill from 1989 to 1995. The Harvard Law graduate has taught at the Georgetown University Law Center and at Harvard Law’s international tax program, and worked for the Rand Corporation.
“I am delighted to join BU Law, which has one of the top tax law programs in the country,” Berman said. “Because tax considerations drive many business and individual decisions in today’s global economy, it is critical for lawyers to understand both domestic and international tax law and policy.
“My goal is to assure that our graduates are prepared to help their clients make sound business and personal plans and decisions, with a full understanding of tax law ramifications. We will also assure that they understand the formation of tax policy, including the process and the substantive considerations that shape it, in order to provide the perspective necessary to interpret the law,” he said.
Berman’s appointment was hailed by former colleagues.
“Dan has a thorough understanding of tax law and policy, having played a key role in the process in the U.S. Treasury Department and in Congress,” said Lawrence H. Summers, former Treasury secretary and former Harvard president. “There are many tax experts but only a very select few combine executive branch, congressional, private sector and academic perspective in the way that Dan Berman does.”
“Dan has the broad government and private experience which will be invaluable to students entering the tax field,” said Sheldon S. Cohen, former Commissioner of Internal Revenue, a director of Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC, who was founder of the law firm Cohen and Uretz, where Berman launched his legal career. “Dan is an expert at making and practicing tax law.”
“Dan is a superb tax lawyer and teacher and will be a great asset to BU’s graduate tax program and to its students.” said Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School. “BU Law has made an excellent choice.”
The BU School of Law, founded in 1872, ranked number one in teaching quality by Princeton Review and Leiter, and its tax, intellectual property, and health law programs are ranked in the top ten nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission.