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Kleinbard named Johnson Professor in Law and Business

The legal adviser is lauded as one of the leading tax scholars in academia

Edward Kleinbard in class
Edward Kleinbard has written opinion pieces for prominent media outlets. (Photo/Courtesy of USC Gould)

Edward Kleinbard, an internationally recognized tax scholar and author of We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, has been named the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor in Law and Business at the USC Gould School of Law.

Dean Robert K. Rasmussen called Kleinbard “one of his generation’s leading tax attorneys in the world.”

His work is a unique blend of tax theory with the insights and knowledge gained from years of practice.

Robert K. Rasmussen

“Ed Kleinbard’s career is unparalleled,” Rasmussen said. “The award of the Johnson Professorship signals that Ed is now one of the leading tax scholars in the academy. His work is a unique blend of tax theory with the insights and knowledge gained from years of practice. His book, We Are Better Than This, charts the way forward for us as a nation. All of us at the Gould School of Law are fortunate that he is our colleague and teacher.”

Kleinbard’s scholarship has received praise both inside and outside the legal academy. He has been called “a rock star in the world of tax law” by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Gretchen Morgenson and “a superstar tax practitioner, policy adviser and scholar,” by Harvard University President Emeritus Larry Summers, a former secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

A supportive environment

“I am proud to hold this chair and to be a member of such a special community,” Kleinbard said. “USC has been an extraordinarily supportive and collegial place for me. I am grateful to Dean Rasmussen, to Provost Elizabeth Garrett and to all of my colleagues at the law school for their many kindnesses and for helping me find my way in academia.”

Kleinbard joined USC Gould in 2009 after serving as the chief of staff of the U.S. Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation, the nonpartisan tax resource to Congress. He previously worked on Wall Street for two decades as a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

He has testified before Congress on tax policy matters and written multiple opinion pieces for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN.com and other media outlets. He is frequently quoted in news stories.

The Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professorship in Law and Business was established by the Johnsons in 1986 as part of a lifetime commitment to higher education. Mr. Johnson grew up on land that is now part of the USC campus, and he and his wife lived in the USC neighborhood for many years. His interest in law and business stemmed from a five-decade career with Security Pacific National Bank.

Kleinbard will be formally installed at a ceremony this fall.

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