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Graduate Tax Program

Law School at the University of Denver

Graduate Tax Program

Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

EDWARD J. ROCHE, JR.

RocheProfessor of Law and Interim Director, Graduate Tax Program. B.B.A. 1973, University of Notre Dame; J.D. 1976, University of Chicago; C.P.A. Prior to his appointment to the faculty, Prof. Roche was attorney-advisor in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury, and an associate with Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and co-chair of the Denver Tax Institute. He has served as chair of the Taxation Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and was chair of the Drafting Committee of the Colorado Limited Liability Company Act. He has also served on the Business Law and Professional Responsibility Subcommittee of the AICPA Board of Examiners. He has been a visiting professor in Japan at Nanzan University (1991 and 1995) and Kanto Gakuin University (1995). He is co-author (with M. Vogel) of the individual taxation portion of Kleinrock's Tax Library (1998), the chapter on LLCs in Legal Opinion Letter Formbook (1994, 1995), and Individual Taxation (1992). His other publications include "U.S. Adopts New Form of Business Limited Liability Companies," Jurisconsultus (1994); "Installment Reporting After the Tax Reform Act of 1986," Journal of Taxation (1987); "The Silver Lining in the Wraparound Mortgage Rule—Free Basis on Foreclosure Under Section 1038," Taxes—The Tax Magazine (1986) (with R. Keatinge); and "Dispositions of Installment Obligations," Tax Law Review (1985).

SAMANTHA A. KARR

Lecturer in Tax. B.A. 2006, Eastern Illinois University; J.D. 2011, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law; LL.M. in Taxation 2012, University of Denver.  Professor Karr is an Assistant Director of the Graduate Tax Program's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. While earning her LL.M. degree, she was a national finalist in the American Bar Association's 11th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge and a summer clerk at the United States Tax Court.  After earning her LL.M. degree, Professor Karr worked at an employee benefits consulting firm.  She is a member of the Colorado and American Bar Associations including their Tax Sections.

RICHARD S. LEAMAN

LeamanProfessor of Accounting. A.B. 1975, Stanford University; M.B.A. 1978, J.D. 1979, University of Chicago; C.P.A. Prior to joining the University in 1991, Professor Leaman was a partner in the international accounting firm of KPMG Peat Marwick specializing in employee benefit and corporate taxation. He is an active member of the American Taxation Association and has chaired its Corporate Tax Policy Subcommittee for three years. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and professional meetings. His recent publications include articles in Tax Advisor, Taxes—The Tax Magazine, Tax Notes, Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly, and Journal of Taxation.

ISAAC L. LODICO

LodicoLecturer in Tax. B.A. 2001, University of Colorado; J.D. 2008, University of California, Hastings College of the Law; LL.M. in Taxation 2009, University of Denver. Mr. Lodico lectures in civil and criminal tax procedure and is the Assistant Director of Online Education at the Graduate Tax Program. Following law school, he was a Graduate Research Fellow at Hastings. He is a member of the Colorado, California, and Denver Bar Associations and the Tax Sections of the Colorado, California and American Bar Associations.

REX LOGEMANN

LogemannLecturer in Tax. B.S. 1973, University of Nebraska; J.D. 1976, LL.M. 1979, New York University; LL.M. in Taxation 1996, University of Denver. Mr. Logemann specializes in individual taxation, gift and estate taxation, and civil practice and procedure. Before coming to Denver and starting a private practice, he was a partner in a Chicago law firm. He is a member of the Arapahoe, Colorado, Illinois, and Nebraska Bar Associations and the Tax Sections of the Colorado and American Bar Associations. Mr. Logemann is also a regular speaker at annual tax update seminars held throughout the United States and has co-authored numerous tax update manuals.

ERIN H. STEARNS

StearnsLecturer in Tax. B.A. 2000, Colorado College; M.P.H. 2005, Tufts University; J.D. 2005, Northeastern University; LL.M. in Taxation 2012, University of Denver. Professor Stearns is an Assistant Director of the Graduate Tax Program's Low Income Taxpayer Clinic. Following law school, she clerked at the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She then worked as an associate attorney at firms in New Hampshire and Colorado, advising clients on estate planning issues, and has had articles published in New Hampshire Bar Journal and New Hampshire Bar News. She is a member of the Colorado, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts Bar Associations.

JOHN C. TRIPP

TrippProfessor of Taxation. B.S. 1969, Michigan Tech University; M.S.B.A. 1975, M.T. 1976, University of Denver; Ph.D. 1980, University of Houston. Prof. Tripp is an active member of the American Taxation Association, a former trustee of COPAS—Colorado and current co-chair of its Tax Committee, a past member of the S Corporation Study Group (Washington, D.C.), and past treasurer of the Denver Tax Group. His articles have been published in many professional journals including The Journal of Taxation, Taxes—The Tax Magazine, Tax Advisor, Journal of Partnership Taxation, Accounting Horizons, and Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly. He was a contributing author to Tax Management Inc.'s Tax Practice Series on S Corporations and Cengage Leaning's tax textbook series Federal Income Taxation and Individual Federal Taxation. Professor Tripp has also written and presented many continuing professional education courses nationwide.

Adjunct Faculty

STEVEN R. ANDERSON

AndersonAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S. 1979, University of Colorado; B.A. 1984, Metropolitan State College of Denver; J.D. 1987, University of Denver; CPA. Mr. Anderson is co-founder of the Denver law firm of Anderson & Jahde, P.C., where his litigation practice emphasizes civil and criminal tax controversy and accountant liability and malpractice. He is a member of the Colorado and American Bar Associations, Colorado Society of CPAs, AICPA, Colorado and American Trial Lawyers Associations, and Denver Tax Association. He is the author and instructor for several continuing education courses each year. His other publications include "When the IRS Wants Your Client to Pay Trust Fund Taxes," Colorado Lawyer (1997; co-author), and "Effectively Representing Your Client Before the New IRS," American Bar Association Section of Taxation (2002; contributing author).

DOUGLAS J. BECKER

BeckerAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.B.A. 1979, Pacific Lutheran University; J.D. 1989, University of Colorado; LL.M. in Taxation 1993, University of Denver; C.P.A. Mr. Becker is an attorney, director, and shareholder with Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti, specializing in partnership and corporate taxation, taxation of real estate transactions, and Internet and intellectual property taxation. He is a member of the Tax Section of the Colorado, Denver, and American Bar Associations; a member of AICPA and the Colorado Society of CPAs; and a frequent speaker at tax institutes and professional society meetings. His publications include "Supreme Court Clarifies Test for Personal Injury Exclusion Under IRC Section 104(a)(2)," Colorado Lawyer (1995) and "Colorado S Corporation Income Tax Act," Colorado Lawyer (1992).

DAVID A. CONRAD

ConradAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A. 1994, Hope College; J.D. 1997, University of Notre Dame; LL.M. in Taxation 1998, University of Denver. Mr. Conrad is a docket attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in San Francisco and Denver. He is the lead attorney for the Denver area for all pension plan, welfare benefit fund, and executive compensation issues. He has tried numerous cases in the United States Tax Court and assisted with tax refund, bankruptcy, and summons enforcement cases in various federal district courts. He is a member of the California and Colorado Bar Associations and the United States Tax Court.

DAVID E. CRANDALL

CrandallAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S. 1984, Brigham Young University; J.D. 1987, Cornell University; LL.M. in Taxation 1991, University of Denver. Mr. Crandall is a partner at Holland & Hart and chair of their tax group. He focuses his practice on wealth transfer planning and large trust administration for clients with estates worth more than $100 million. He also counsels clients on tax controversy and business succession planning and has extensive experience with corporate entities in tax planning, tax compliance, and structuring transactions to minimize tax obligations. He is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and frequently represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service at both the audit and appellate levels.

ASHLEY L. DIETRICH

Adjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S.B.A, B.A., University of Colorado; J.D., University of Denver; LL.M. in Taxation, University of Denver. Ms. Dietrich is an Associate Attorney at BakerHostetler. Ms. Dietrich practices in the tax arena, focusing on business, estate, and income tax. She counsels high-net-worth families, individuals, and business entities on private wealth, estate planning, and business tax matters including partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, business continuity and succession, wills, trusts, and charitable giving.

THEODORE Z. GELT

GeltAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A. 1972, University of Colorado; J.D. 1975, University of Denver; LL.M. in Taxation 1976, New York University. Mr. Gelt is of counsel with the Denver office of Baker & Hostetler, where he concentrates on tax law, business law, and estate planning. His special expertise is in taxation. He is a Fellow in the College of Tax Lawyers. He is a member of the Colorado, Denver, and American Bar Associations and is past chair of the Taxation Section of the Colorado Bar Association. Mr. Gelt has made hundreds of public lecture appearances throughout the country to lawyers and accountants and has published numerous articles in prestigious legal publications.

MARK M. HRENYA

HrenyaAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.B.A. 1973, Kent State University; J.D. 1995, University of Denver. Mr. Hrenya is a partner in the tax practice group of Cooley Godward LLP. His practice focuses on international tax planning for cross-border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, investments, financings, and technology transfers representing technology companies, venture capital funds and other private equity funds. He is a member of the Colorado and American Bar Associations.

ERIK J. JENSEN

JensenAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A., B.B.A. 2006, Pacific Lutheran University; J.D. 2009, Boston University School of Law; LL.M. in Taxation 2010, New York University School of Law. Mr. Jensen is an attorney with Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti PC and focuses his practice on business transactions and taxation. He has worked as a volunteer in low income taxpayer clinics in Boston and New York and assisted clients of the U.S. EOC in investigating and litigating employment discrimination claims. He is a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Bar Associations.

GEORGINE M. KRYDA

Adjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A. 1983, Knox College; M.I.M. 1984, American Graduate School of International Management; M.B.A. emphasis in Finance 1990, North Central College; Ph.D. 1997, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D. 2007, George Washington University Law School; LL.M. in Taxation 2010, University of Denver. Ms. Kryda is an attorney, mediator, and owner of Georgine M. Kryda, Ph.D., Esq., LLC, practicing in the areas of estate planning and administration, probate litigation, dispute resolution, and taxation. She is a member of the Tax Section of the Colorado and American Bar Associations, a member of the Trusts & Estates Section of the Colorado Bar Association, and a speaker at meetings for local business professionals. Her publications include “Creating a Workable Legal Standard for Defining an Independent Contractor,” with Karen Harned and Elizabeth Milito in the J. L., BUS. & ENTREPRENEURSHIP, (2010), and on the SSRN's Top Ten download list for Employment Contract Law articles (Dec. 2009).

MARK E. MERRIC

MerricAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S. 1980, University of Colorado; M.T. 1989, J.D. 1994, University of Denver; CPA. Mr. Merric is a principal at the Law Firm of Mark Merric, LLC in Denver. He speaks nationally and has written numerous articles on the subjects of estate planning, asset protection planning, and international taxation. He is co-author of the CCH treatise, The Asset Protection Planning Guide—A State-of-the-Art Guide to Integrated Estate Planning, and an author of two chapters in ABA Compendium on Asset Protection Planning.

NICHOLAS J. RICHARDS

RichardsAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A. 1995, University of California; J.D. 1998, Lewis and Clark College. Mr. Richards is a partner at Anderson & Jahde, P.C.,where his litigation practice focuses on federal and state tax controversy. Mr. Richards began his legal career as a docket attorney for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. During his 11 years with IRS Counsel, he litigated numerous cases, served as a senior trial attorney, offshore senior counsel, Special Assistant United States Attorney, and Staff attorney to the Chief Counsel and Division Counsel. He is a member of the Colorado and California State bars, the United States Tax Court, and other federal and state courts and professional bar associations.

AMY E. SYMONS

SymonsAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.A. 1996, University of San Diego; J.D. 2002, The George Washington University Law School; LL.M. in Taxation 2008, University of Denver. Ms. Symons is the owner of The Law Office of Amy E. Symons where she advises clients on estate planning issues, including concerns unique to non-traditional families and families of children with special needs. She also concentrates her practice on marital agreements, gift and estate tax issues, estate administration, small business planning and business succession planning. She is a member of the Colorado, American, Denver and El Paso County Bar Associations and a member of the Women's Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the board of directors of the Starlight Children's Foundation which provides support and entertainment to seriously ill children.

JAMES R. WALKER

Adjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S.B.A. 1982, Colorado State University; J.D. 1985, University of Denver; LL.M. in Taxation 1988, New York University School of Law. Mr. Walker is the Senior Tax Partner of Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP and Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group and Trust and Estate Practice Group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and has been listed in the Best Lawyers of America for more than a decade. In addition to tax planning, Mr. Walker regularly represents taxpayers before federal and state administrative agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury and the Colorado Department of Revenue. In 2001, Mr. Walker successfully defended a corporation in an M&A tax issue. Metrocorp, Inc. v. Commissioner, 116 T.C. 211 (2001). (reviewed decision).

JOHN R. WILSON

WilsonAdjunct Professor of Taxation. B.S. 1983, J.D. 1986, Stanford University. Mr. Wilson is a partner of Holland & Hart LLP, where he advises clients on corporate and individual tax matters, mergers and acquisitions, international business transactions, and IRS audits and appeals. He is a member of the Colorado, Denver, and American Bar Associations, having served as chair of the CBA Tax Section and the CBA International Law Committee, and is presently Rocky Mountain Regional Vice President of the International Fiscal Association (USA Branch). He is the author of "Dual Consolidated Loss Regulations Have Broad Reach" in Journal of International Taxation (1990) and co-author of the taxation chapters for the ABA International Lawyer's Deskbook.