Faculty and Administration

Full-Time Faculty

Ann F. Thomas

Otto L. Walter Distinguished Professor of Tax Law and
Director of the Graduate Tax Program
A.B. 1973 magna cum laude, Harvard-Radcliffe
J.D. 1976, Yale Law School

Professor Thomas teaches Individual Income Tax, Corporate Tax, the Graduate Tax Program Research and Writing Seminar, and Contracts.

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Alan I. Appel ’76

Professor of Law and Director of the International Tax Program
B.B.A. 1973, Baruch College of the City University of New York
J.D. 1976, New York Law School
LL.M. (Taxation) 1980, New York University

Professor Appel teaches International Tax (I & II), Corporate Tax, and Individual Income Tax.

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Richard C.E. Beck

Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Graduate Tax Program
B.A. 1963, University of Chicago
Ph.D. 1973, University of Chicago
J.D. 1980, Yale Law School
LL.M. (Taxation) 1984, New York University

Professor Beck teaches Individual Income Tax, Taxation of Property Transactions, and Taxation of Intellectual Property Transactions. He has also taught Corporate & Partnership Tax.

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Wiliiam LaPiana

Rita and Joseph Solomon Professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estates and
Director of Estate Planning, Graduate Tax Program
A.B. 1973 summa cum laude, Harvard University
A.M. 1975, Harvard University
J.D. 1978 cum laude, Harvard University

Professor LaPiana teaches teaches American Legal History, Estate Planning, Federal Wealth Transfer Taxation, Property, Wills, Trusts & Future Interests, and Advanced Wealth Transfer Planning.

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Ashley Oliver

Graduate Tax Program Coordinator
Telephone: 212.431.2147
Email: ashley.oliver@nyls.edu

Adjunct Faculty

John P. Barrie
A.B., 1969, University of California-Los Angeles
J.D. 1972, University of California-Hastings
LL.M. (Taxation) 1973, New York University
Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
Course: Tax Litigation Seminar- Civil

Marc S. Bekerman
B.A. 1989, State University of New York at Binghamton
J.D. 1992, Fordham University School of Law
LL.M. (Taxation) 1995, New York University
Fleischman & Bekerman, LLP
Course: Estate Planning

Pamela Campbell
J.D. 1992, New York University School of Law
LL.M. (Taxation) 1995, New York University School of Law
Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC
Course: Problems of Timing

Berwin Cohen
B.A., 1996, Ramapo College
J.D., 1999, New York Law School
LL.M. (Taxation), 2002, New York University School of Law
Of Counsel, Reiss & Preuss, LLP
Courses: Business Law Issues in Structuring the Closely Held Enterprise; Taxation of Banks and Financial Insititutions

Lawrence S. Feld
B.A. 1964 Queens College of the City University of New York
J.D. 1967, Columbia University School of Law
The Law Office of Lawrence S. Feld
Course: Tax Litigation Seminar

The Honorable Robert J. Firestone ’90
B.S. 1977, Brooklyn College
J.D. 1990, New York Law School
LL.M. (Taxation) 1997, New York University
Commissioner, New York City Tax Appeals Tribunal
Course: State and Local Taxation

Akilah Folami
B.A. 1993, Spelman College
J.D. 1996, Columbia Law School
Course: Wills, Trusts and Future Interests

Michael Kliegman
B.S. 1975, University of Pennsylvania
J.D. 1978, Boston University
LL.M. (Taxation) 1983, Georgetown University
Course: Advanced Corporate Tax

Ian L. Levin
B.A. 1989, Union College
J.D. 1992, Emory University School of Law
LL.M. 1994, New York University School of Law
Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Course: Employee Benefits Law

Gary B. Mandel
B.S. 1985, Brooklyn College
M.B.A. 1990, Pace University
J.D. 1994, St. John’s University
LL.M. (Taxation) 1996, Georgetown University
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Course: Corporate Tax Planning Seminar

Phillip Michaels ’76
B.A. 1972, University of Notre Dame
J.D. 1976, New York Law School
LL.M.(Taxation) 1981, New York University
Partner, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP
American College of Trusts and Estates Council, Fellow
Course: Advanced Wealth Transfer Planning Seminar

Steven Plotnick
B.B.A. 1986, University of Miami
J.D. 1989, Fordham University
LL.M.(Taxation) 1994, New York University
IBE Trade Corporation
Course: Federal Income Tax: Partnership

Carmen N. Presinal-Roberts
B.A. 1997, Hunter College
J.D. 2000, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
LL.M. (Taxation) 2009, New York Law School
Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
Course: Federal Income Tax: Partnership

John J. Reddy, Jr. ’79
B.S. 1976, Fordham College
J.D. 1979, New York Law School
Partner, Bekerman and Reddy, LLP
Course: Estate Administration

Tracy Christen Reimann
B.A. 1984, Long Island University, College of Arts & Science
J.D. 1987, Brooklyn Law School
LL.M. (Taxation) 2000, New York University
Partner, Karlen, Stolzar & Reimann, LLP
Course: Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates

Michael P. Ryan
B.A. 1975, University of Notre Dame
J.D. 1979, Fordham University School of Law
Head of Trusts and Estates Department at Cullen and Dykman, LLP
Courses: New York Wills Practice; Federal Wealth Transfer Tax, Basic Concepts

David Samuels
A.B. 1974, Harvard University
J.D. 1978, Harvard University
LL.M. (Taxation) 1985, New York University
Partner, Duval & Stachenfeld, LLP
Course: Non- Profit Organizations

Paul Schneiderman
B.A., 1985, The American University, School of Government and Public Administration
J.D., 1988, State University of New York at Buffalo
Associate Area Counsel, Internal Revenue Service
Course: Tax Procedure and Tax Practice

Willard B. Taylor
B.A. 1962, Yale University
LL.B. 1965, Yale Law School
Course: Taxation of Business Pass-Throughs

Lee G. Zimet ’85
B.S., 1980, C.W. Post College
J.D., 1985, New York Law School
LL.M., 1988, New York University School of Law
Tax Prinicipal, Berdon, LLP
Course: Taxation of Affiliated Corporations