Faculty and Staff
Luis Rodriguez
Asst Professor Law/Taxation
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Olin Building
Department: School of Business  
Office Hours:

Wed: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Thu: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
 
Phone: 607.871.2035  
Email:    
Personal Webpage: http://lawtaxprof.com/  
Personal Message:  

After working on Wall Street for over 20 years, Alfred University is a natural fit for me because here, "law and tax mean business." We help our students "see the Forest and the Trees."

Education
LL.M.: Taxation
New York Law School, 2010

J.D.: Law
New York Law School, 1999

M.B.A.: Finance
Baruch College, City University of New York, 1995

B.S.: Finance
Long Island University, 1985

Background
Post-Doctoral Education

The University of New South Wales; Learning to Teach Online, MOOC

Harvardx; Contract Law, MOOC

RWTH Aachen; Introduction to Venture Capital, MOOC

Harvard; Corporate Governance, Seminar



Classes Taught

ACCT 371 - Personal Income Tax

ACCT 471 - Corporate Income Tax

LAW 241 - Legal Environment of Business

LAW 442 - Commercial Transactions

MBA 657 - Advanced Taxation

 



Faculty Service

Co-faculty advisor of "Saxon Fly", a business and engineering student-run club modeled as a drone photography business (2015- )

Family Business and Entrepreneurship; academic advisor (2015- )

MBA Advisory Council member (2014- )

 



Activities

Campus Coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program:

  • https://youtu.be/P_6Xlt4xiNU
  • https://youtu.be/gO32itNY2-0

The university's VITA efforts were specifically commended in its 2017 AACSB review for engaging students through applied service learning that benefits both students and citizens.


 Sponsor of Regulatory Guest Speakers:

  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Treasury Department

Sponsor of Tax Guest Speakers:

  • April 2017 (Transfer Pricing & International Taxation)
  • November 2016 (Equine Business and Tax Issues)
  • March 2016 (Transfer Pricing)
  • November 2015 (Construction Tax Planning & Cost Segregation)
  • October 2015 (Transfer Pricing)

Sponsor of Business Guest Speakers seeking funding:

  • February '17 (Digital Direct Infrared Inc.: Thermal Infrared Imaging)
  • December '16 (Applied Biorefinery Sciences: Biomass Refining)
  • November '16 (a special panel discussion of firms and funders in the greentech investment space); Carbon XPrint, Climate-IT, CoPower, and Carbon Capital Credit
  • October '16 (FutureAir; Indoor Air Pollution Monitoring)
  • September '16 (Smart Data Science LLC; Big Data Analytics)
  • July '16 (Leviathan Wind Energizer; Turbine systems)
  • May '16 (AirGreen: Air Conditioning Systems)
  • February '16 (Actasys: Truck Aerodynamic Systems)
  • December '15 (EcoHub: Waste Separation Technology)
  • November '15 (Greensulate: Green Roof Technology)
  • October '15 (EcologiCiti: Urban Farming)
  • September '15 (Neptune Wave Power: Ocean Electricity)

 



Employment

2012 to 2014; Adjunct Professor of Law, Graduate Tax Program, New York Law School; New York City, NY

2001 to present; My law practice focuses on resolving the legal and tax issues of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals; For ten years I documented exotic OTC derivative transactions for banking and brokerage firms

1992 to 2001; Principal of a management consulting firm that provided back-office and OTC derivative documentation services to major banking and brokerage firms

1985 to 1992; Project Manager, and Senior Staff Consultant at various financial services operations projects

 



Professional Memberships

Academy of Legal Studies in Business

New York State Bar

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

 



Selected Publications

Equity Swaps and the Withholding Tax: "Potential for Tax Avoidance"; Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (Vol. 25, No. 3, Jan/Feb 2012)

Withholding Tax Treatment of Total Return Equity Swaps: New Answers, But New Questions, Too; Journal of Taxation and Regulation of Financial Institutions (Vol. 24, No. 5, May/June 2011)

The Impact of Listing Latin American ADRs on the Risk and Return of the Underlying Shares, with Prof. Terrance F. Martell and Prof. Gwendolyn P. Webb, Baruch College, CUNY; Global Finance Journal (Vol. 10, No. 2, 1999)

  • This paper was presented at the 3rd Annual Conference on Multinational Financial Issues held in Washington DC between June 20-22, 1996

 



Presentations

Alfred University, Bergren Forum (2016)

  • Drone Technology: Teaching Entrepreneurship Experientially


Consultancy

Allegany County Telecommunications Development Corp., Board Member (2015-17); Appointed by the Allegany County Legislature, the board members are responsible for promoting quality Internet access to the residents of Allegany County, NY

Ardent Solutions, Inc., Board Member (2015-17); NY nonprofit whose members represent healthcare providers and stakeholders servicing the needs of those in Western New York

AU Campus Coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program (2014- ); VITA is a IRS-sponsored program that helps low and middle-income workers file their Federal and State personal income taxes for free

Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Member (2012) representing New York State (www.improveirs.org); Appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the 83 panel members’ mission is to improve the IRS tax administration system and organization by providing input on its strategic initiatives

En Foco Inc., Board Member (2007-11) (www.enfoco.org); NY nonprofit that promotes cultural diversity in photography; En Foco publishes Nueva Luz, a three-time finalist for the Lucie Awards as the Best Photographic Magazine of the Year for 2007 - 2009

Manhattan Community Board Five, Board Member (2006-11) (www.cb5.org); Appointed by the Manhattan Borough President, the 50 board members represent the diverse stakeholders of Midtown Manhattan, with over 50 million residents, visitors, and workers

Violence Intervention Program Inc., Board Member (2005-6) (www.vipmujeres.org); NY nonprofit that serves the immigrant victims of domestic violence and their families

 



Honors and Awards

Empire State Counsel Award (2009) by the New York State Bar Association for providing 50+ hours of pro bono legal services

New York State Pro Bono Service Award (2009) by the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project for pro bono legal services to Consumer Bankruptcy petitioners

Commitment to Justice Award (2004) by inMotion, Inc. for pro bono legal services to the immigrant victims of domestic violence; Award presented by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo