Graduate Program in Taxation Faculty

The Graduate Program in Taxation is taught by full-time tax attorneys who are partners in major law firms and leaders of the national tax bar.

 

Scott B. Goldsher, Director 
President, Goldsher Investment Inc.

John A. Biek 
Partner, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Chadwick I. Buttell 
Partner, Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.

Michael A. Clark 
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Ajay Gupta
Contributing Editor, Tax Analysts

Matthew P. Larvick 
Shareholder, Vedder Price PC

Michael S. Lee  
Director, Abbot Downing

 
Charles R. Levun 
Partner, Levun, Goodman & Cohen LLP

Marenglen Marku
Senior Manager, KPMG LLP

Benjamin Panter
Member, McDonald Hopkins LLC

Kevin R. Pryor  
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

John T. Schaff  
Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Francois Vincent
Principal, KPMG LLP 

 

Faculty Biographies

Scott B. Goldsher, Director
sgoldshe@kentlaw.iit.edu

Professor Goldsher, director of the Graduate Program in Taxation, joined the Chicago-Kent adjunct faculty in 2008 and teaches various tax courses. Currently, he is president of Goldsher Investment Inc., a proprietary stock and option trading firm--a position he has held since 1984. Professor Goldsher has been a tax attorney since 1983. He was partner at the firm of Goldsher & Goldsher until 2001 and then became sole practitioner when his partner retired at that time. From 2001 to 2008, he worked as managing partner at Arbaway Capital Management LLC, an investment banking firm focusing on hedge funds. Professor Goldsher earned his B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois, his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, and his LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

John A. Biek

Mr. Biek is a partner in the Tax Practice Group at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, where he focuses on state and local tax and unclaimed property issues. He previously worked as a partner in the Tax Department of McDermott Will & Emery. He received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1984. In 1987, he graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as executive editor of The Tax Lawyer. Elected a fellow to the American College of Tax Counsel and regularly selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (recommended in "Illinois Tax") and in The Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Biek is a frequent speaker and writer on state and local tax and unclaimed property issues. Mr. Biek is a member of the Illinois and Ohio bars and the American Bar Association, where he currently serves as co-chair of the Unclaimed Property Subcommittee of the ABA Tax Section State & Local Tax Committee.

Chadwick I. Buttell

Mr. Buttell is a partner in the law firm of Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd., where he is a member of the Corporate, Securities Law and Tax Practice Groups. He represents businesses and entrepreneurs in a variety of business transactions and commercial matters. Mr. Buttell is a frequent speaker and writer on tax and other transactional law topics. He has served as chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Federal Taxation Committee and the Partnership and Passthrough Entities Subcommittee. Mr. Buttell has a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Northwestern University and graduated with high honors from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society. He also earned an M.B.A. from Stuart School of Business and an LL.M. in tax law from Chicago-Kent.

Michael A. Clark

Mr. Clark is a partner in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP. He is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where he was a member of the board of editors of the Harvard Law Review. From 1979 to 1981, Mr. Clark was attorney-adviser to the Honorable Arnold Raum, U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Clark is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation (immediate past chair, Exempt Organizations Committee); the Chicago Bar Association (member, Federal Tax Committee, and former chair of Division H, Tax-Exempt Organizations); the American Bar Association Health Law Section (vice chair, Tax and Accounting Interest Group); and the American Health Lawyers Association (former chair, Tax & Finance Committee). Mr. Clark is a frequent speaker and writer on various tax topics.

Ajay Gupta 

Mr. Gupta is a contributing editor at Tax Analysts, is a tax attorney and financial economist with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. Before joining Tax Analysts, he practiced tax and securities law for several years in the U.S. and the U.K., counseling multinational enterprises, private equity firms, real estate investment trusts, and regulated utilities on domestic and cross-border transactions. More recently, he was an Attorney-Adviser at the Tax Court and a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department of Justice. He has also consulted on valuation issues in tax litigation and provided expert economic testimony in regulatory hearings and arbitration proceedings. He received a JD cum laude from Harvard, where he was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics; an LLM in Taxation from NYU, where he held a Dean’s Scholarship; an MBA in Finance from Yale; and an AM in Economics from Stanford.

Matthew P. Larvick

Mr. Larvick is a shareholder at Vedder Price PC, where he focuses on the taxation of business enterprises and transactions, including structuring investment funds, equity compensation arrangements, real estate investment vehicles, and mergers and acquisitions. His articles on tax law have appeared in various publications, including Tax Notes and the Journal of Taxation of Corporate Transactions. Mr. Larvick received his J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif) from the University of Illinois College of Law and served as associate editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. He is also a certified public accountant (Elijah Watt Sells Award recipient) and earned a B.S. in accountancy (highest honors) from the University of Illinois.

Michael S. Lee
Mr. Lee is a director in Abbot Downing's Chicago office, where he is responsible for navigating complex client issues and strategic planning for high-net-worth clients, including addressing complicated financial issues such as wealth transfer, tax liability, banking and investments. Prior to joining Abbot Downing, he was a partner and the head of William Blair & Company's Corporate and Executive Services Group, where he focused on the unique wealth issues that confront owners and executives of private and public companies. A frequent speaker and writer on tax planning and tax strategies, Mr. Lee has presented to the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association and College for Financial Planning in the areas of wealth, tax and estate planning. Mr. Lee earned B.S., M.S. and J.D. degrees from Tulane University and an LL.M. in tax law from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Charles R. Levun

Mr. Levun is a partner in the law firm of Levun, Goodman & Cohen LLP. He received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He is also a certified public accountant. Mr. Levun is the consultant to the CCH Partnership Tax Planning and Practice guide, for which he is the author of the monthly Partner's Perspective column, and is the editor-in-chief of the CCH Journal of Passthrough Entities. Mr. Levun is co-sponsor and chair of the faculty of both the annual Partnership, LLC & S Corporation Tax Planning Forum and of the "Fundamentals of Flow-Through" Partnership, LLC & S Corporation Tax Seminar. He is also a past chair of the Partnerships and LLCs Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, the Chicago Bar Association's Federal Taxation Committee, and the Federal Taxation Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Levun is a regent and fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.

Marenglen Marku

Dr. Marku is a senior manager in KPMG's Economic and Valuation Services Practice in Chicago. His practice includes managing transfer pricing and valuation engagements, representing clients before the IRS, and performing various economic and statistical analyses. Prior to joining KPMG, he was a consultant to the World Bank and taught economics at Virginia Tech. Dr. Marku earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Berea College, an M.A. in economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Virginia Tech.

Benjamin Panter

Mr. Panter is a member in the Executive Compensation & Governance Department at McDonald Hopkins LLC. He is a 2006 graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as a notes and comments editor for the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Mr. Panter earned both a B.S. and a B.A. from Miami University and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.

Kevin R. Pryor

Mr. Pryor is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. He received his B.A. from Brigham Young University (magna cum laude) and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (with honors). His practice focuses on contested federal income tax matters, like-kind exchanges, and the taxation of hedge funds.

John T. Schaff

Mr. Schaff is a partner with Sidley Austin LLP. He received his B.S. in accounting from the University of Minnesota (with high distinction) and his J.D. from Harvard Law School (cum laude). His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, partnership taxation, and renewable energy transactions.