Distinguished Practitioner to Lead New International Tax Program
New York, NY (July 11, 2013) – Alan I. Appel, a distinguished expert in domestic and international tax law, has joined the full-time faculty of New York Law School (NYLS) as a Professor of Law, announced Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President of the Law School. In addition to teaching, Appel will become director of a new international tax program, an initiative that will build bridges to the practice of international tax law for the Law School’s J.D. and LL.M. students.
“With the arrival of Alan Appel, who moves from the adjunct to the full-time faculty, New York Law School’s students have the opportunity to study under one of New York City’s most accomplished practitioners of tax law. His expertise and outreach will be invaluable in developing and leading a new international tax program at the Law School,” said Dean Crowell. “As New York City continues to leap ahead as the center of international finance and the gateway for foreign investment in the United States, we at ‘New York’s law school’ will be at the forefront of the growing international tax practice area.”
Appel, who was formerly counsel at Bryan Cave LLP, has been teaching at NYLS as an adjunct professor for several years. At Bryan Cave, his practice focused on international and domestic tax planning involving taxation of mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, joint ventures, and limited liability companies, as well as tax controversy matters. Going forward, he will be a consultant to the firm on international tax matters. Appel started at NYLS on July 1, 2013.
“I am just delighted that Alan Appel is joining our full-time tax faculty. He is an outstanding tax lawyer and a gifted teacher,” said Ann F. Thomas, Professor and Director of the NYLS Graduate Tax Program. “With the increasing number of global businesses and families and the renewed focus of the IRS on cross-border tax issues, international tax practice is expanding in both the private and public sectors in New York. The international tax program that Alan is creating will help our J.D. and LL.M. students build careers in this exciting field.”
In 2013-2104, he will teach the graduate international tax seminar, corporate tax and the new tax planning clinic.
A Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, Appel is past chair of the U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation and a member of the Section’s Nominating Committee. He had primary responsibility for drafting and submitting to the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS the comments of the ABA Section of Taxation concerning the scope of the guidance provided by the proposed regulations under Section 1446 of the Internal Revenue Code and also was asked by the Office of the Chief Counsel to train its attorneys on this issue. He is a frequent speaker to business and tax practice groups on the Foreign Investment in US Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and cross border international tax planning.
“I am thrilled to be returning home to my alma mater New York Law School as a Professor of Law after 37 years of practice. I welcome the opportunity to utilize my experience in both government and private practice to teach and provide our students with the necessary skills to become successful tax lawyers in today’s challenging legal environment,” said Appel.
Appel is on the Board of Advisors for the Journal of International Taxation and the Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions. He published articles on the Section 1446 regulations in The Journal of International Taxation, Tax Management Memorandum, and the Tax Management International Journal. He is a member of the New York State, District of Columbia and Florida bars, admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Federal Claims; United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York; and United States Tax Court.
Appel’s career began as a trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C., and New York City. He has been in private practice for 37 years including 13 years at Bryan Cave. Appel earned his LL.M. from New York University, his J.D. from New York Law School, and his B.B.A. from Baruch College.
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School (NYLS) is an independent law school located in the heart of New York City’s legal, government, financial, and emerging tech centers. Known as “New York’s law school,” NYLS embraces the City as its classroom by complementing a rigorous legal education with an innovative and diverse set of “uniquely New York” experiential learning opportunities. Since opening our doors more than 120 years ago, NYLS graduates have gone on to hold high elected and appointed office in the City, lead large and small firms, and gain broad recognition as captains of business and industry. Our renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, business and finance law, media and information law, tax law, real estate, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. NYLS has more than 15,000 graduates and currently enrolls approximately 1,500 full-time and part-time students in its J.D. program and 95 students in its five advanced-degree programs in American business law, financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. Learn more about New York’s law school at www.nyls.edu.