Francine J. Lipman

William S. Boyd Professor of Law
Expertise: Federal and state tax law and policy, Business and accounting matters


Francine J. Lipman brings to the Boyd School of Law an exceptional record as an accountant, a lawyer, a teacher, and a scholar. After working as a CPA in an international accounting firm and as the chief financial officer for a chain of retail jewelry stores, Lipman turned to law.

As a law student, she has served as the editor-in-chief of the UC Davis Law Review and was recognized as a member of the Order of the Coif. In NYU’s Graduate Tax Law Program, she was a Tax Law Review Scholar. She practiced law with the firms O’Melveny & Myers and Irell & Manella.

Lipman joined the faculties of Chapman University’s School of Business and Economics in 2001 and the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2003. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American College of Tax Counsel, and the American Bar Foundation, and an editor and former committee chair for the Tax Section of the American Bar Association. She has been a visiting professor at UC Hastings College of Law and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

In 2016, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Lipman to serve as a tax commissioner. The Nevada Tax Commission consists of eight Nevadans with various professional and business backgrounds. The commissioners supervise the overall administration and operations of the Nevada Department of Taxation. 

Lipman has written extensively on tax and accounting issues for legal journals, including the Wisconsin Law Review, Florida Tax Review, Virginia Tax Review, SMU Law Review, Nevada Law Journal, American University Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Harvard Latino Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, The Tax Lawyer, The Practical Tax Lawyer, Taxes and Tax Notes. She is a frequent speaker on tax subjects to law and business groups.


  • LL.M., New York University
  • JD, University of California, Davis
  • MBA, San Diego State University
  • BA, University of California, Santa Barbara

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Francine J. Lipman In The News

Law 360
November 24, 2020
From the extension of federal and state tax deadlines due to the novel coronavirus pandemic to the partial exemption for global intangible low-taxed income, tax professionals have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Law To Fact
November 9, 2020
In this episode, I speak with Professor Francine J. Lipman, the William Boyd Professor of Law at William Boyd Law School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
The Podvocate
October 28, 2020
The American tax system treats whites and Blacks differently, and the disparity is growing. Tax rates, loopholes, history, enforcement ... all of it culminates in depriving Blacks of financial means and public services. Join Matt Doran as he interviews Prof. Francine Lipman of UNLV Law, the nation's foremost expert on how federal, state and local tax policies prevent Blacks from accumulating the money needed to thrive. You will not think about taxes the same again. Download the episode directly here and subscribe the The Podvocate wherever you get your podcasts.
TD Ameritrade
October 23, 2020
President Trump has described his audit as 'very routine,' but legal experts say it is quite unusual.

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