Faculty and Staff
Luis Rodriguez
Asst Professor Law/Taxation
Alfred University Contact Info
Office Location: Olin Building
Department: School of Business  
Office Hours: Mon: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Wed: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Fri: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Phone: 607.871.2035  
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."

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

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 300 - Sports Law (Online)

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 service business (2015- )

Curriculum and Teaching Committee; College of Business (2017- )

Family Business and Entrepreneurship; academic advisor (2015- )

Honors Thesis Committee Member; (F16, F17)

MBA Advisory Council member (2014- )



Campus Coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 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 Business and Tax Guest Speakers:

  • November 2017 (Nonprofit Management)
  • 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)

Coordinator of Speaker Series of Firms Seeking Private Investments:

  • Since 2015 our students have had telephonic access to live "pitch" meetings from various firms, generally in green energy industries, seeking angel or seed funding.


2014 to Present; Assistant Professor of Law and Taxation, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

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

2001 to 2014; My law practice focused on resolving the legal and tax issues of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals; For ten years I also documented exotic OTC derivative transactions (Equity Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, Interst Rate Swaps) for various banking and brokerage firms

1992 to 2001; Principal of a management consulting firm that provided back-office and OTC derivative documentation services (Equity Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, Interst Rate Swaps) for various banking and brokerage firms

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


Professional Memberships

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


Professional Affiliations

Academy of Legal Studies in Business

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; Tax Section

New York State Bar Association; Tax Section

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


Professional Experience

Journal of Business Law and Ethics Pedagogy, referee (2017)


Alfred University, Bergren Forum (2016)

  • Drone Technology: Teaching Entrepreneurship Experientially


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

  • Treasurer (2007-09)
  • Committees:
    • Executive (2007-09)
    • Consents & Variances (2009-11)
    • Housing, Human Services, and Youth (2008-09
    • Landmarks (2006-07)
    • Public Safety & Quality of Life (2006-11)

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