Tax Law Faculty

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty | Special Advisers | Adjunct Professors

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Johnny Buckles

Johnny Rex Buckles
Professor of Law

B.S., Oklahoma State University; J.D., Harvard Law School; M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary. Previously: Attorney, Thompson & Knight, Dallas, Texas; Visiting Professor, Washington and Lee University School of Law. Contributor to Westfall & Mair, "Estate Planning Law and Taxation," and numerous tax articles. Tax subjects: Federal Income Taxation, Estate Planning, Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Tax Aspects of Charitable Giving, Tax Policy Seminar (also teaches Contracts and Law & Theology Seminar).

William Streng

William Streng
Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law

B.A., Wartburg College; J.D., Northwestern University School
of Law. Currently: Vinson & Elkins Professor of Law. Previously: Partner, Bracewell & Patterson, Houston; Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University; Visiting Professor, New York University School of Law; The Ohio State University School of Law; The University of Texas School of Law. Lecturer: Leiden University, the Netherlands; Stockholm University Law Faculty, Sweden (Fulbright Professor); Hong Kong University School of Law; Victoria University Law School, Wellington, New Zealand; Deputy General Counsel, Export-Import Bank of the United States; and Office of Tax Legislative Counsel, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Author: Bittker, Emory and Streng, "Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders," Thomson Reuters (WG&L) and on RIAG/Checkpoint; Streng & Salacuse, "International Business Planning: Law and Taxation," Lexis-Nexis; Streng & Davis, "Retirement Tax Planning," Thomson- Reuters (WG&L) and on RIAG/Checkpoint; Streng, Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolio, No.800 "Estate Planning." Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel. Tax subjects: Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Estate Planning, U.S. International Taxation (also teaches Conflict of Laws).

Bret Wells

Bret Wells
Assistant Professor of Law

Bret Wells. B.B.A., Southwestern University; J.D., The University of Texas School of Law. Previously: Vice President-Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer, BJ Services Company; Assistant Vice President and Asst. General Tax Counsel, Cargill, Inc.; Associate Attorney, Baker & Botts, L.L.P. Book author: Lowell, Donahue, Martin, & Wells, "US International Taxation: Agreements, Checklist, and Commentary," (WG&L Treatise and available on RIA Checkpoint), and author, numerous tax articles. Tax subjects: Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, U.S. International Taxation (also teaches Corporate Finance and Oil& Gas Law).

 

Special Advisers

 

Paul Asofsky

Paul Asofsky
Senior Adviser to the LL.M. Tax Program

B.A., Columbia University; J.D., Harvard Law School; Presently: Senior Advisor, LL.M. Tax Program, University of Houston Law Center. Previously, Tax Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Houston (retired). Adjunct Professor, New York University School of Law. Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel. Subjects: Bankruptcy Taxation and Tax Policy. Subjects: Bankruptcy Taxation and Tax Policy.

Ira Shepard

Ira Shepard
Professor Emeritus

A.B., Harvard University; LL.B., Harvard University; Emeritus Tax Law Professor, University of Houston Law Center; Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center 1975-2011; Previously: Tax Law Practice, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York City. Previously Assistant Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law, and Visiting Professor of Law, University of North Carolina Law School. Formerly, Special Advisor to the Southern Federal Tax Institute; Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel; 2013 Outstanding Texas Tax Lawyer.

 

Adjunct Professors

Craig Bergez, B.A., University of California at Berkeley; J.D., University of California Hastings College of Law; LL.M.-Taxation, New York University School of Law. Partner, Porter & Hedges, LLP, Houston. Subjects: Partnership Tax and Business Planning.

Mark A. Bodron, B.S., Louisiana Tech University; J.D., Louisiana State University. Partner, Baker Botts LLP. Previously, Senior Tax Attorney, ExxonMobil Corporation. Fellow, American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. Subject: Taxation of Compensation.

Larry Campagna, B.A., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Texas at Austin. Partner, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry. Co-author, tax casebook, with John A. Townsend, Steve Johnson and Scott A. Schumacher, "Tax Crimes: Cases & Materials," Lexis-Nexis. Fellow: American College of Tax Counsel. Subject: Tax Fraud & Money Laundering.

Jay M. Chadha, B.S., University of New Orleans; J.D., Tulane University; LL.M - Taxation, New York University. Senior Counsel, Fulbright & Jaworski, Houston. Subject: State and Local Taxation.

Mike Cenatiempo, B.A., St. Louis University; J.D., University of Houston Law Center. Partner, Cenatiempo & Ditta, L.L.P. Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Subject: Estate Planning.

Mickey R. Davis, B.B.A., University of Arizona; J.D., University of Texas School of Law. Partner, Davis & Willms, PLLC. Co-author: Streng & Davis, "Retirement Tax Planning," Thomson Reuters (WG&L), RIAG/Checkpoint. Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Subjects: Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts; Post-mortem Estate Planning.

Christopher Dykes, B.A., University of Tennessee-Knoxville; J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law; LL.M.-Taxation, Villanova University; M.S.- Information Sciences, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Associate Librarian, University of Houston Law Center. Author, "Federal Income Tax Law: A Legal
Research Guide," William S. Hein & Co., Inc.; Author, "International Tax Law: A Legal Research Guide," William S. Hein & Co., Inc. Subject: Tax Research.

Eleanor Haynes, B.A., M.A., The Ohio State University; J.D. Capital University School of Law; LL.M. in Taxation, Capital University School of Law. Attorney, Haynes & Haynes, LLC. Previously, Adjunct Instructor in Tax, Capital University School of Law; Assistant Professor of Business Law, Eastern
Kentucky University. Subject: Tax Ethics.

Daniel H. Kroll, B.B.A., University of Oklahoma; J.D., University of Oklahoma College of Law. Partner, Baker Botts LLP. Formerly, Peat, Marwick, Main & Co., Subject: Real Estate Taxation. Significant practice experience concerning real estate projects and ventures.

E. Daniel Leightman, LL.B., University of Texas School of Law; LL.M.-Tax, Boston University School of Law. Partner, Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP. Formerly,, Vice-President - Taxes, Cooper Industries, Ltd.; Formerly Director of Taxes, Intel Corporation; and. Director of Taxes, Parsons Corporation. Co-author (with Hanna, Martin, Donohue and Lowell), "Corporate Income Tax Accounting," Thomson Reuters (WG&L). Subjects: Tax Accounting, Taxation of Financial Instruments and Business Planning.

Peter A. Lowy, B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges; J.D., Tulane Law School; LL.M.-Tax, New York University School of Law. Partner, Caplin& Drysdale, New York City; Former Senior Tax Counsel and Global Dispute Resolution Manager, Royal Dutch Shell Company. Author: "U.S. Federal Tax Research," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Portfolio No. 100-2nd. Subjects: Tax Research and Tax Controversy & Litigation.

Edward C. Osterberg, Jr., B.A., Northwestern University; J.D., Northwestern University School of Law; LL.M. - Taxation, Southern Methodist University School of Law. Partner, Mayer Brown, LLP, Houston; Former Partner, Vinson& Elkins, LLP, Houston. Fellow, American College of Tax Counsel; President- Elect, USA Branch, International Fiscal Association. Subject: Business Planning.

Peter Shaw, B.S., University of Illinois; MBA, University of Chicago; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M.-Taxation, University of Houston Law Center. Estate Planning Attorney, Houston. Previously: CPA, Coopers& Lybrand. Board Certified in both Tax Law and Estate Planning and Probate Law. Subject: Estate Planning.

Richard Sherry, B.S., New York University; J.D., Fordham Law School; LL.M. - Taxation, New York University School of Law. General Counsel, Enventure Global Technology, Houston. Formerly Vice President Tax, Conoco/Phillips, Inc.; Manager of U.S. and International Taxes, DuPont Corporation; Vice President Tax, Consolidated Coal Corporation. Subject: Business Planning.

John A. Townsend, B.A., University of South Carolina; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; LL.M.-Taxation, New York University School of Law. Partner, Townsend & Jones. L.L.P.; Formerly, Trial Attorney, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Co-author of tax casebook, with Larry Campagna, Steve Johnson and Scott A. Schumacher, "Tax Crimes: Cases & Materials," Lexis-Nexis. Subjects: Tax Procedure; Tax Fraud & Money Laundering.

Juan F. Vasquez, Jr., B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M - Taxation, New York University. Partner, Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry. Also: Adjunct Professor of Law, Thurmond Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University. Subject: Tax Controversy and Litigation.

Juan F. Vasquez, Sr., B.B.A. University of Texas; J.D., University of Houston Law Center; LL.M.-Taxation, New York University School of Law. Judge, United States Tax Court, Washington, D.C. Previously, private tax law practice, San Antonio, Texas; Trial Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Houston, Texas. Subject: Tax Controversy and Litigation.

David Winston, B.A. Texas A&M University; J.D., Harvard Law School. Senior Counsel, Shell Oil Company. Previously, Vinson & Elkins, LLP. Subject: Taxation of Compensation.

John T. Woodruff, B.S., Oklahoma State University; J.D., University of Tulsa Law School; LL.M.-Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center. Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery. Subject: Tax Accounting.

Denny Wright, B.B.A., Texas Tech University; J.D.,South Texas College of Law; LL.M. - Taxation, University of Houston Law Center. Senior Tax Counsel -- Gas & Power Marketing, Upstream Business Services, Exxon-Mobil Corporation. Also, Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law. Subject: Oil and Gas
Taxation.