Kimberly Stanley

Adjunct Professor


For nearly two decades, Professor Kimberly Stanley has taught hundreds of California tax lawyers as a law professor and associate dean at Golden Gate University School of Law. She taught a variety of tax and real estate law courses and was the director of GGU’s prestigious LLM in Taxation Program for ten years. She also served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for five years. Prof. Stanley has been a visiting professor at Chapman Fowler School of Law, UC Hastings School of Law, Santa Clara Law, Western State College of Law and Whittier Law School. Her teaching career – and especially introducing many law students to the world of taxation – has been enormously rewarding. Prior to entering academia, Prof. Stanley was a tax litigator in private practice in San Diego, representing high net-worth individuals and corporate clients in a wide range of federal and state tax controversy matters, including litigation in the United States Tax Court and in administrative hearings before the Internal Revenue Service and California tax authorities. Her opportunity to assist clients in these matters was tremendously satisfying.

After completing her JD at George Washington University Law School and her LLM in Taxation at Georgetown Law, Prof. Stanley was honored to begin her career in Washington D.C. as an attorney-advisor for Judge Stephen J. Swift of the United States Tax Court. Thereafter, she served as an appellate attorney for the United States Department of Justice Tax Division, where she represented the federal government before the US Courts of Appeal in more than 70 appellate cases on all issues of federal tax law. She has been a long-time supporter and leader in the California tax bar, and encourages all young attorneys to become involved. Her legal scholarship covers a broad array of federal tax issues including tax exemption for religious colleges, regulation of tax return preparers, and judicial deference to administrative action. She loves spending time with friends and family, traveling and meeting new people, and doing almost anything outdoors.


  • Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities


  • Chaired faculty committees on Curriculum, Assessment, Budget, Graduate Law Programs, and Student Discipline Hearings
  • Service on Strategic Planning, Admissions, Appointments and various other ad-hoc committee assignments including revision of ABA Standards and ABA sabbatical review


  • Georgetown Law School, LLM in Taxation, 1989
  • George Washington University School of Law, JD, 1985
  • Brigham Young University, BS, Psychology, 1978

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, University of San Francisco, 2021-2023
  • Lecturer in Law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law, 2020-2023
  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2013-2017
  • Associate Dean and Director, LLM Tax Program, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2003-2013
  • Professor of Law, Golden Gate University School of Law, 2008-2019
  • Associate, Tax Group, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich, LLP, 2001-2003
  • Founder and Shareholder, Lautanteen & Stanley, APLC, 1995 -2000

Selected Publications

  • Stanley, Kimberly, “Tax Exemption for Religious Colleges after Obergefell: A Question of Law or Politics or Both?” Lexis Federal Tax Journal Quarterly, Matthew Bender (December 2015) (featured article).
  • Stanley, Kimberly, “No Experience Necessary! Loving v. IRS and Tax Return Preparer Regulations,” Lexis Federal Tax Journal Quarterly, Matthew Bender (September 2014) (featured article).
  • Stanley, Kimberly, “Did the American Tax Relief Act of 2012 Fix the Alternative Minimum Tax?” Lexis Federal Tax Journal Quarterly, Matthew Bender (December 2013) (featured article).
  • Stanley, Kimberly, “Mayo and Home Concrete: Defining Treasury’s Power as a Fourth Branch Player,” Lexis Federal Tax Journal Quarterly, Matthew Bender (September 2012).
  • Stanley, Kimberly, “Home Mortgage Interest Deduction for Unmarried Co-Owners Limited to $1.1 Million of Debt,” Real Property Law Reporter Tax Column (July 2012).
  • Stanley, Kimberly, “Transfer of Property for Services,” Lexis Tax Advisor, Federal Topical, section 1B.2D, Matthew Bender (2011) (treatise chapter).