Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

Ellen P. Aprill, John Anderson Chair in Tax Law.  Dean Aprill is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a member of the American Law Institute. She holds a BA with high honors and distinction from the University of Michigan, an MA and CPhil from UCLA and a JD magna cum laude from Georgetown, where she served as articles editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judge John Butzner of the Fourth Circuit and Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court. After practicing with the firm of Munger Tolles & Olson in Los Angeles, she became attorney advisor in the Office of Tax Policy at the Department of the Treasury. She has authored numerous articles, participated in numerous panels, institutes and symposia, and served as chair of the AALS Tax Section, chair of the Tax Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, editor of the ABA Tax Section Newsletter and articles editor of The Tax Lawyer, the ABA Tax Section’s scholarly journal. She is currently vice-chair—communications for the ABA Tax Section.

Anders Christiansen, Visiting Assistant Professor.  Before joining Loyola Law School, Prof. Christiansen practiced tax law, with a focus on international tax, at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in Washington, DC and Deloitte in London and New York.  He holds a BA from The College of William and Mary and a JD from UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif.

Jennifer M. Kowal, Director, Tax LLM Program and Associate Clinical Professor.  Formerly Harvard’s International Tax Program deputy director, Prof. Kowal is the Tax LLM Program’s first full-time director. She has also practiced business tax law at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles and Ropes & Gray in Boston. She holds a BS with distinction from the University of Kansas and a JD from UCLA School of Law, Order of the Coif.

Katherine T. Pratt, Professor of Law.  Prof. Pratt has served on the faculties of the NYU Graduate Tax Program, Saint Louis University School of Law and New York Law School and published in the Vanderbilt Law Review and the Cornell Law Review, among others. Pratt earned her BA from the University of Florida, her JD from UCLA and an LLM in taxation and an LLM in corporate law from NYU. Prior to teaching, she practiced with the firm of Rosenfeld Meyer & Susman in Beverly Hills.

Theodore P. Seto, Professor of Law.  Prof. Seto has published articles in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Tax Law Review, among others. He is a graduate of Harvard College magna cum laude and Harvard Law School magna cum laude, where he served as executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After completing law school, he clerked for Judge Walter Mansfield of the Second Circuit, practiced with the firms of Foley Hoag & Eliot in Boston and Drinker Biddle & Reath, and served as articles editor of The Tax Lawyer.

Joseph Sliskovich, Professor of Law and Faculty Advisor, JD/MBA Program.  Prof. Sliskovich serves as faculty advisor for Loyola’s JD/ MBA dual degree program and coordinator of its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides over 4,500 hours per year of volunteer income tax return preparation and counseling services to low-income Los Angeles individuals and families. He earned his BA cum laude from the University of Southern California, his JD from Loyola Law School and his LLM in taxation from NYU, and joined the Loyola faculty in 1980 after practicing at Price Waterhouse.

Adjunct Faculty

David Benz.  Prof. Benz is a managing director at WTAS, where he advises clients on transactions involving partnerships, limited liability companies, and S corporations. Before joining WTAS, David practiced in the tax departments of law firms where he concentrated his practice on the representation of taxpayers in the private equity, real estate and regulated utilities industries. He was a Feeney Tax Scholar at Indiana University Law School.

Ronald L. Blanc.  A former law clerk to Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court and editor of the NYU Law Review, Prof. Blanc is currently of counsel to the firm of Arnold & Porter.

Elizabeth Bluestein.  Prof. Bluestein is directing attorney of the Community Development Project at Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the nation. Bluestein graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a BA in Social Studies and received her JD from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif.

David Boyce.  Prof. Boyce is a tax partner at Jones Day, where he practices primarily in the areas of state and federal taxation and business law, including tax planning and tax controversy representation. He earned his JD with high honors from the University of Florida and his Tax LLM degree from Georgetown University. He served as attorney-advisor to Judge Howard A. Dawson of the U.S. Tax Court.

Christopher Campbell.   Prof. Campbell is former chair of the Business Entities Committee of the Tax Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and currently a partner at Loeb & Loeb, where he specializes in state and local taxes and tax controversy work. He holds a BA from Dartmouth University and a JD cum laude from the University of Michigan.

Jeffrey C. DeFrancisco.  A graduate of Loyola’s Tax LLM program, Prof. DeFrancisco is a partner at Calleton Merritt DeFrancisco & Real-Salas LLP, where he specializes in sophisticated estate, tax and wealth transfer planning techniques.

Benjamin R. Duncan.  Prof. Duncan is deputy area counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where he has served as a trial attorney and managed many attorneys during his nearly 20-year tenure. He has also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

Richard Fung.  Prof. Fung is a tax principal in Ernst & Young’s Transactional Advisory Services group, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, restructurings and workouts. He has published several articles for the Practising Law Institute and the Mergers & Acquisitions Monthly Tax Journal and is editor of the BNA Tax Management Portfolio on personal holding companies. He received his JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

Robin Gilden.  Prof. Gilden is a partner with the law firm of Venable LLP, where she focuses her practice in business taxation.  Prior to entering private practice, Prof. Gilden worked in the tax departments of two Fortune 100 companies.  She holds a JD and a BA, magna cum laude, from NYU, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. 

Thomas W. Henning.  Former chair of the Tax Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Prof. Henning is a partner with Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory LLP. While attending NYU’s Graduate Tax Program, he was a Kenneson Fellow and graduate editor of the Tax Law Review.

Sanford Holo.  Prof. Holo is past chair of the Tax Section of the LA County Bar Association, a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and a partner at Musick Peeler & Garrett LLP. He received his BA (honors in economics) from the University of Michigan, his JD from Harvard Law School and his LLM in taxation from NYU.

Jennifer M. Honey.  Prof. Honey is recognized by the California State Bar as a certified specialist in the field of estate planning, and has served as a tax and estate planning advisor for several of Los Angeles' largest private foundations as well as high net worth individuals, families, estates, and family businesses, including the Getty and Keck estates. She holds an LLM degree in Estate Planning and Estate &Gift Taxation from the University of Miami Law School.

Robert Kies.  Prof. Kies is a managing director at WTAS, where he advises clients on a wide range of issues, including the structure and creation of partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations, and trusts. Prior to joining WTAS, Prof. Kies was CFO for Golden Boy Promotions and The Oscar De La Hoya Foundation, where he worked on a wide variety of projects, including a boxing promotions company, real estate joint ventures, sponsorship and endorsement deals, venture capital deals and charitable foundation activities. He holds a JD from UCLA law school.

Moshe J. Kushman.  Prof. Kushman is a partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, where his practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, international tax planning, partnerships and film production joint ventures, financial products and restructurings and workouts. He holds a BA from UCLA, an MBA and MBT from University of Southern California and a JD from Loyola Law School and is a contributing author to the PLI’s Federal Income Taxation series.

Michael Larkin.  Prof. Larkin is Tax Counsel for the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) and the supervising attorney for the BOE's Tax Appeals Assistance Program Sales and Use Tax clinic (TAAPSUT), in which law students at five California law schools represent taxpayers with sales and use tax appeals before the Board. Prof. Larkin has represented or supervised the representation of hundreds of clients with state tax appeals ranging from income tax to sales and use tax.

Alexander M. Lee.  Prof. Lee heads the transactional tax practice in the Los Angeles office of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, specializing in complex international corporate transactions.  He received his JD from UCLA Law School and his LLM in Taxation from NYU, where he was a Tax Law Scholar and graduate editor of the Tax Law Review.

Kathryn Meyer. Prof. Meyer is associate area counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service.  She has also served as an assistant United States attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Attorney’s Office.  Prof. Meyer is a graduate of Boston University’s graduate tax program.

Edward M. Robbins.  Formerly chief of the Tax Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles and president of the Federal Bar Association of Los Angeles, Prof. Robbins is currently partner in the firm of Hochman Salkin Rettig Toscher & Perez PC.

David Roth. Prof. Roth received his JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was formerly a senior trial attorney with the Office of Area Counsel in Los Angeles from 1972 to 1979 handling both civil and criminal tax matters.  Since entering private practice he has handled transactional, tax controversy, and planning for income tax and estate planning matters.  He is certified by the California State bar as a specialist in both taxation, and estate and probate matters.

Craig Shaltes.   Prof. Shaltes has spent 16 years at the Board of Equalization (BOE) working in income tax appeals. Since 2006, he has supervised the BOE’s Tax Appeals Assistance Program (TAAP), located at five law schools throughout California.   Prior to joining the BOE, he spent several years in private civil litigation practice.  Prof. Shaltes earned his J.D and LL.M. in taxation from McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

Ken Simon.  Prof. Simon is the Senior VP of Global Taxation & Treasury at Herbalife International of America, Inc. and is responsible for the company’s worldwide tax and treasury functions. He has over 30 years of corporate and international experience and expertise in initiating business partnerships to support tax strategies. He is a C.P.A. (inactive) and holds a L.L.M. from Boston University School of Law.

Roland Simpson.  Prof. Simpson has over 25 years of practice experience in employee benefits and fiduciary responsibility law, and is a frequent author and lecturer for the Practicing Law Institute, among others. He is past president of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Conference and a graduate of UCLA Law School.

Gregory J. Soukup.  Prof. Soukup is a tax consultant with TVA Associates and formerly was the West Zone transaction tax leader for Ernst & Young.  He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University’s Tax LLM program, where he was a graduate editor of The Tax Lawyer.

Jeffrey M. Tolin.   Prof. Tolin is formerly a tax principal and senior tax advisor for the entertainment industry at Ernst & Young LLP.  In addition to teaching at Loyola, he is an associate professor of accounting and law at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.   He has authored numerous books and articles on taxation of the entertainment industry and is a member of the Motion Picture & Television Tax Institute. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tax LLM program.

Michael Treiman.  A graduate of Loyola's Tax LLM program, Prof. Treiman currently serves as general counsel and chief operating officer for Samitaur Constructs, a large and fast-growing privately-held developer in Southern California.  He received his MBA from UCLA and his JD from Loyola.

Stephen Weerts.   Prof. Weerts works on international tax and transfer pricing matters in the tax group at DLA Piper. He also has large accounting firm and government tax practice experience. He holds his JD and LLM degrees from Loyola Law School and is a past recipient of the Lynn B. Witte award from the LACBA Tax Section, which is awarded annually to the Loyola Tax LLM student graduating with the highest grade point average.

Don R. Weigandt.   Prof. Weigandt is a Managing Director with the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where he focuses on helping clients to maximize after-tax wealth across multiple generations using innovative tax, estate planning and charitable techniques.  He joined J.P. Morgan in 1998 after a 25-year career in private law practice in New York and Los Angeles.  Mr. Weigandt earned his law degree from Columbia University’s School of Law.

Timothy Wylie.   Prof. Wylie is a member of WTAS’ Private Client Services group and works with wealthy families and their related businesses, trusts, private foundations, and other entities to provide tax planning and compliance, wealth transfer and business succession planning, and charitable giving strategies and structures. Prior to WTAS, Prof. Wylie worked in the Private Client Services group at an international professional services firm.