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

Forbes
August 31, 2020
Francine J. Lipman, a law professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, talks with Darrick Hamilton, a stratification economist and the New School’s incoming Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy, about the intersection of U.S. tax policy and racial wealth inequality.
TaxProf Blog
August 21, 2020
What might an “anti-racist” tax system look like? While those in the critical tax space have asked this question for some time, it seems that a larger community of tax legal scholars have more recently awakened to the importance of such considerations, sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others at the hands of police officers.
Bloomberg
August 18, 2020
IRS data on racial disparities in the laws it administers remains conspicuously absent, but the effort to change that is starting to gain traction.
WIS-TV
August 12, 2020
The debate over stimulus checks is playing out in Congress, but it impacts thousands in South Carolina.

Articles Featuring Francine J. Lipman

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Campus NewsAugust 10, 2020
As summer heats up, so do the accomplishments on UNLV’s campus.
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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
Business and CommunityApril 6, 2020
UNLV tax law expert Francine J. Lipman shares tips on how to navigate economic challenges from COVID-19.
UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.