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

SFGate
March 25, 2019
It was just a regular day: I opened my mailbox, grabbed the pile of what I assumed was a combination of junk mail and bills, and then I saw it—an envelope from the IRS.
KNPR News
March 14, 2019
If your tax return was less than expected, you’re not alone.
Business Insider
March 5, 2019
As much as Americans loathe filing taxes, we love — nay, we depend on — a sizable tax refund.
WalletHub
August 14, 2018
Most major credit card companies will approve you for a credit card without an SSN. Some require an Individual Taxpayer Identification number (ITIN) instead. Others will accept just a passport, plus a form of secondary identification or proof of income.

Articles Featuring Francine J. Lipman

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.