WHAT PHRASE BEST DESCRIBES MARTy GINSBURG? “THE BEST TAx LAWyER IN THE COUNTRy,” SAy THE MANy
tax lawyers and members of Congress who turn to him for advice when they encounter a really thorny problem. “A fabulous
cook,” says his wife, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “A connoisseur of fine music,” says his son James,
founder of the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation on whose board the proud father sits. “A wonderful role model,”
B.A. 1953, Cornell says his daughter Jane, who followed in both parents’ footsteps by teaching at Columbia Law School.
At the Law Center, Professor Ginsburg is known for his prolific scholarship, his rigorous courses and his marvelous
sense of humor. His three-volume work Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts (with Jack S. Levin) is published semi-annually.
At last count he had written over 50 articles on a wide variety of federal taxation issues. In his teaching, he covers the core
EXPERIEN CE AN D AF F IL I ATIO N S Law Center federal tax courses and seminars in business planning and the tax legislative process. His course on structuring
venture capital and entrepreneurial transactions is a must for the student with an interest in this field.
Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges,
Outside the classroom, Professor Ginsburg influences federal tax policy. Both the Senate Finance Committee and
New York City
the House Committee on Ways and Means ask for his advice year after year. He testifies repeatedly on subjects ranging
Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law, from Subchapter S corporations to the tax policy aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Federal administrators such as the U.S.
Commissioner of Internal Revenue and the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department turn to him to serve on advisory
Member, American Law Institute and Con- groups. Elected to the prestigious American Law Institute in 1974, he served for years as a consultant to its Federal Income
sultant, ALI Federal Income Tax Project Tax Project on corporate, partnership, and corporate-shareholder integration issues.
Chairman, Tax Section, New York State Bar
To get a true sense of this man’s range, however, you have to know that his fans include both H. Ross Perot and
Association Member, American College of the National Women’s Political Caucus. He is undoubtedly the only person on this planet to have been honored by both. Mr.
Tax Counsel Perot gave his reasons at the faculty dinner in 1986 where he announced his $1 million gift to establish the Law Center’s
Martin D. Ginsburg Chair in Taxation — empty to this day because the honoree refuses to sit in it. As Mr. Perot explained,
Marty Ginsburg solved Perot’s most complex tax problem in hours, where others had fruitlessly spent days, and refused
payment for his time as well. Or as Perot also put it, “For he’s a jolly good fellow.” As for the NWPC, it gave Professor
Business Planning; Corporate Tax; Federal Ginsburg its Martin Abzug Memorial “Good Guy” Award in 1993. Marty professes astonishment, saying “history reveals
Income Tax; Structuring Venture Capital no prior instance of a tax lawyer held to be a ‘Good Guy’ or even a ‘Decent
Transactions Sort.’” Hints as to what lay behind this award may be gleaned from some of
his early work. Take, for instance, his chapter on the Internal Revenue Code
in the 1975 Report to the United States Commission on Civil Rights on
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the Legal Status of Women. Or consider this recollection by a woman
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts, with lawyer: Marty Ginsburg, companion to his wife at a program on women’s
J.S. Levin, five volumes revised semi- rights, freeing the lawyer to deliver her talk by walking her infant son up
and down the halls in a stroller. And then there’s the fact that Professor
“Integrated Corporate Acquisitions,” 93 Tax Ginsburg left his job teaching at Columbia Law School to follow his wife
Notes 553 (2001) to Washington, D.C., where, as he explained, “she got a really good job.”
“Taxing the Components of Income: A U.S. Last, but by no means least: Marty Ginsburg is also known
Perspective,” 86 Geo. L.J. 123 (1997) among his friends as a man who used to wield a wicked golf club
on the links. All in all, he’s someone you’ll want to know.
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(1997) By Susan Deller Ross
“Some Thoughts on Working,
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