Francine J. Lipman

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

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

The Hill
September 1, 2019
Deutsche Bank's revelation that it has some tax returns related to President Trump has thrown a curve ball into the battle over the president’s financial documents.
Bloomberg
May 20, 2019
Morehouse College’s graduating class got quite the surprise over the weekend, when their commencement speaker promised to pay off their outstanding student loans. But students aren’t totally out of the woods yet—they could still be liable for potentially thousands of dollars in taxes on their newly canceled debts.
Bloomberg
May 20, 2019
New York is on the cusp of enacting a law that could help congressional Democrats gain access to President Donald Trump’s state tax returns, potentially opening the door for Congress to obtain tax records for any New York resident or business they want to investigate.
Fortune
May 9, 2019
How do you lose more than a billion dollars?

Articles Featuring Francine J. Lipman

Campus NewsJune 26, 2019
A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
An image of a 1040 from and a calendar that highlights April 15, 2019 as tax day.
Business and CommunityFebruary 13, 2019
A UNLV law professor gives taxpayers 7 things to keep in mind as sweeping changes are made to the federal income tax system.
Francine Lipman
Campus NewsApril 21, 2016
The appointment, effective immediately, lasts one term and will expire October 2019.