Adjunct Professor John A. “Jack” Townsend has taught Tax Procedure and Tax Fraud and Money Laundering from 1982-88 and 1993 to the present. He is a partner in the Houston law firm of Townsend and Jones, L.L.P. His practice focuses principally on tax controversy and tax litigation matters. He has been listed since 1997 among Houston’s top tax lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America and as one of Texas’ top 5 lawyers in the Texas Lawyer’s “Go-to Guide.” Prof. Townsend is a regular participant in tax seminars and tax professional groups. His numerous scholarly publications include criminal tax articles in leading tax journals.
Before going into private practice, Mr. Townsend served as a Trial Attorney in the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. from 1969-1977. In recognition of his work with the Justice Department, he received the Special Commendation Award at the Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony and the Justice Department Tax Division Meritorious Service Award.
Prof. Townsend received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1967 and his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University in 1969. He is licensed in Texas and South Carolina and is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.