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Master of Laws (LLM) in Taxation Boston University School of Law


Richard T. Ainsworth, Director, Graduate Tax Program, Lecturer in Law

Professor Richard T. AinsworthDirector Ainsworth earned his J.D. at Suffolk University and his LL.M. in Taxation at Boston University. He is director of International Government Affairs at ADP Taxware, Inc. He was formerly the deputy director of the International Tax Program at Harvard Law School, a lecturer in law, and adjunct professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. He is also currently a visiting professor of American tax law at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and has been a Fulbright professor of taxation at Kobe and Osaka Universities, Japan. He lectures on technical and tax modernization issues for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, United Nations Development Program, Tax Administration and Advisory Service (U.S. Treasury) and Japanese International Cooperation Agency. In addition to serving as the Director of the Graduate Program, Ainsworth teaches U.S. Transfer Pricing in both the residential and online program options.

Daniel M. Berman, Adjunct Professor

Professor Daniel BermanProfessor Berman earned his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. He has worked in the legislative and executives branches of the U.S. Government, serving as legislation counsel to the Joint Committee on Taxation of the U.S. Congress and, subsequently, as deputy international tax counsel to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In the private realm, he has served as a partner with the firms of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner LLP. Berman has advised all manner of clients, including members of Congress and Cabinet secretaries, and his work has comprised planning transactions, drafting documents, handling and settling tax controversy matters, giving expert testimony, developing legislation, testifying before the Senate, and negotiating treaties.

Alan L. Feld, Professor of Law

Adjunct Professor "Skip" PattonA member of the faculty since 1971, Alan Feld has testified before a number of congressional committees on issues surrounding tax laws. Before coming to Boston University, he practiced tax and corporate law at two New York firms: Barrett Knapp Smith & Schapiro and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1996 to 2004 he was affiliated with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Burt, Maner, Miller & Staples.

Professor Feld is the co-author of a major corporate tax casebook, Federal Income Taxation of Corporate Transactions and Patrons Despite Themselves: Taxpayers and Arts Policy. In addition, he is the author of Tax Policy and Corporate Concentration. He has been published in the nationís leading tax law journals and his most recent written works include “Preserving Basis After Redemption” (Tax Notes), “Rendering Unto Caesar or Electioneering for Caesar? Loss of Church Tax Exemption for Participation in Electoral Politics” (Boston College Law Review) and “Congress and the Legislative Web of Trust” (Boston University Law Review). He has written articles on tax issues for Newsweek and The Washington Post, as well.

Over the years, Professor Feld has taught a number of courses at Boston University in the areas of tax law, law and the arts, nonprofit organizations and legislative process. In 2002, he received the Schoolís Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his responsibilities at Boston University, he has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, and as Professor-in-Residence at the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. Professor Feld served as co-reporter for the American Law Institute project on Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations from 2000 to 2004 and now serves on the advisers group.

Robert M. Finkel, Adjunct Professor of Law

Adjunct Professor "Skip" PattonProfessor Finkel is a Member of the law firm of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C. He has more than 20 years of experience as a tax and business lawyer and concentrates in individual and business taxation. Professor Finkel also represents clients in audits and other controversies before the Internal Revenue Service, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and other taxing authorities, as well as in all phases of litigation before the United States Tax Court and the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board. Professor Finkel was the co-chair of the Tax Controversies Group at Hutchins, Wheeler & Dittmar, and was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service. He is co-chair of the Tax Controversies Committee of the Boston Bar Association’s Tax Section, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 1994. Professor Finkel has also taught US taxation at Radznyer Law School, Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia, Israel.

Charles W. Maurer, Jr., Adjunct Professor of Law

Adjunct Professor Charles W. Maurer, Jr.Mr. Maurer is an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service Office of the Chief Counsel in Boston. He is the Service’s Industry Counsel for Property and Casualty Insurance, for Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Health Insurance, and for Captive and Offshore Insurance Transactions and is involved in the development and litigation of issues arising in those industries. He has been a member of the faculty since 1998.

Brainard L. “Skip” Patton, Adjunct Professor of Law

Adjunct Professor "Skip" PattonProfessor Patton earned his JD from Boston University and a BSBA from the University of Tennessee. He is a practicing attorney, retired from the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Earlier in his career, he spent 15 years at several Fortune 150 companies, including Asea Brown Boveri, in Stamford, Conn., where he was international tax director. Patton is a member of the Executive Committee and President Emeritus for the U.S. Branch of the International Fiscal Association. He is a former two-term president of the International Tax Association in New York. Patton has lectured and published extensively on international tax topics and been a member of the adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law since 1999.

Matthew D. Schnall, Lecturer in Law

Lecturer Matthew SchnallMr. Schnall received his JD, cum laude, and AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. A partner in the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen LLP, he handles a diverse range of business-related tax matters and has extensive experience with state tax controversies. He lectures frequently on subjects in federal and state tax law. Schnall has served as chair of the Boston Bar Association Tax Section and of its State and Local Tax Committee. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2003.

David I. Walker, Professor of Law

Professor David WalkerProfessor Walker holds his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a BE, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. He teaches courses in taxation, corporate law, law and economics, and the economic structure of commercial transactions, undertaking research and writing that reflects those interests. Prior to his arrival at BU in 2002, Walker was an associate in the tax department at Ropes & Gray, where he had a general tax practice with an emphasis on executive compensation. Before attending law school, he worked in the oil industry as a chemical engineer, crude oil trader, and assistant to the president of BP Oil Company. Upon graduation from law school, Walker clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Getting Started

To learn more about BU Law’s online Graduate Tax Program option, contact an admissions advisor at 877-308-9945 or visit the program website.