Program Director

Professor Daniel Lathrope's teaching and research focus is taxation. He is the co–author of several casebooks on individual, corporate, and partnership taxation, including Fundamentals of Federal Income Taxation, Fundamentals of Corporate Taxation, and Fundamentals of Partnership Taxation. He is the author of The Alternative Minimum Tax—Compliance and Planning with Analysis, a treatise on the alternative minimum tax, and a book on comparative income taxation titled Global Issues in Income...

  • BSBA, University of Denver
  • JD, Northwestern University
  • LLM, New York University
  • Taxation

Full-Time Faculty

Professor Mawhinney has been a librarian at USF since 2010 and was named director of the Zief Law Library in 2023. In addition to overseeing all aspects of library operations, she provides research assistance to students and faculty, teaches legal research to first-year students, serves as a research advisor to the domestic and international student externship programs, and manages the library's research assistant program, which provides research support to the law faculty.


  • JD, Emory University
  • MLIS, San Jose State University
  • BA, Chapman University

Professor Joshua D. Rosenberg has two main areas of expertise: (1) tax law, and (2) psychology of lawyers and laws.

Professor Rosenberg is the co–author of leading treatises in federal income tax and in corporate tax, as well as co-author of the nation’s leading casebooks in corporate tax, partnership tax, and taxation of business enterprises. His many scholarly tax articles have been published in journals including the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Virg...

  • BA, Case Western Reserve University
  • Ed. D, University of San Francisco
  • JD, New York University
  • LLM, New York University
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Humanizing Legal Education
  • Mediation
  • Negotiation
  • Taxation
  • Trial Advocacy

Professor John Shafer is a reference and instruction librarian at the Dorraine Zief Law Library at the USF School of Law. After graduating from the USF School of Law in 1986 he worked for several years as a Westlaw academic representative, training students, librarians, and professors throughout the western United States. Shafer received a master's in library and information science from UC Berkeley in 1993 and began working at USF that same year. Since then he has trained hundreds of students...

  • BA, California State University, Sonoma
  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • MLIS, UC Berkeley

Part-Time Faculty

Eric Anderson leads the San Francisco Bay Area state and local tax practice of Andersen Tax. He focuses on income tax planning and compliance, sales and use tax transaction planning, mergers and acquisitions, franchise tax matters, and administrative tax controversies. Eric has extensive experience with unitary tax planning, business and nonbusiness issues, and entity structuring to manage multistate tax liabilities. Eric also serves as a national resource negotiating credits and incentives on...

  • LLM, New York University
  • JD, University of Washington
  • BA, Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington

Laurence A. Blau is Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law and UC Law, San Francisco (Hastings).  Mr. Blau has also taught at San Francisco City College and San Francisco Law School. He is the past chairman of the San Francisco Chapter of the Young Tax Lawyers Association.  He was on the American Bar Association...

  • LLM, University of Florida
  • JD, University of San Francisco
  • BA, UC Santa Barbara

Alexander Johnson is an associate attorney at Kugelman Law, PC where he practices tax controversy, business law, trusts, and estates with a focus on the legal issues individuals and businesses face when selling, transferring, or minting digital assets — to include cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens ("NFTs").

He has authored articles for Tax Notes and USF's Law Review regarding the tax treatment and utility of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. With a background in military...

  • University of San Francisco, JD with Certificate in Taxation, 2018
  • The Citadel, BA in English, 2009

Peter C. Rock is an Assistant Director in the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement Program within the Large Business and International Division of the IRS. He is responsible for transfer pricing and allocation cases arising within the U. S. Competent Authority program.

Mr. Rock has extensive and broad experience within the IRS and its Office of Chief Counsel. Prior to his current position, he was a Branch Chief with the Advance Pricing Program of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel...

  • BS, Saint Mary's College of California
  • JD, McGeorge School of Law
  • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center

Javier has over 16 years of distinguished international tax experience. He serves global clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, e-commerce, fintech and digital assets, financial services, life sciences, and traditional manufacturing and distribution.

His curriculum has a technical focus on the substantive rules and application of U.S. international tax statutes and regulations. He enjoys travel, food, and wine, and when time allows, cooking.

  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2002 Master of Laws in Taxation
  • University of Houston Law Center and College of Business Administration, Houston, Texas, August 1999 Juris...
  • Complex cross-border planning and structuring of multinational operations considering BEPS and the TCJA
  • Cross-border structuring for companies in the digital asset industry
  • Cross-border supply chain planning, mergers and acquisitions...

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...

  • Georgetown Law School, LLM in Taxation, 1989
  • George Washington University School of Law, JD, 1985
  • Brigham Young University, BS, Psychology, 1978
  • Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Business Entities

Jon Vaught is a partner in the firm of Vaught & Boutris, LLP in Oakland, California. His practice is focused on counseling and litigation in the areas of tax, estate planning, probate and trust administration and asset protection. Mr. Vaught received a B.A. degree with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1984 and an L.L.M. degree in tax law from Golden Gate University, School of Law in 1994....

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, University of California, Davis
  • LL.M., Golden Gate University

Nate Wadlinger is a Lecturer at the University of Central Florida where he teaches accounting and tax courses in the Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy programs. He also works part-time in the tax services group of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs. Further, he teaches as an adjunct at Boston University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law. He also is the Lead Instructor for the EA Exam at Gleim Exam Prep. He received his Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Masters of...

  • Boston University, LLM in Taxation, 2016
  • University of Florida, JD, 2012
  • University of Florida, MS in Accounting, 2008
  • University of Florida, BS in Accounting, 2008

Steven L. Walker focuses on tax controversy and litigation and has experience both in private practice and government service. His practice focuses on representing clients in sensitive tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and state and local taxing agencies including the California Franchise Tax Board, the State Board of Equalization, the Employment Development Department, and county assessment appeals boards. His clients include individuals, corporations, investors, partnerships...

  • BS, UC Davis
  • JD, University of the Pacific
  • LLM in Taxation, University of the Pacific

Davis G. Yee is a federal administrative law judge.  Before that, he was a Special Trial Attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for the IRS, where he received the IRS Commissioner's Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to administrative guidance.

After law school, Davis was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles Z. Smith of the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as an associate of a litigation firm.  He later served as an attorney-adviser to the Honorable Peter J...

  • LLM, Georgetown University
  • JD, Lewis & Clark College
  • BS, UC Davis
  • Administrative Law
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Tax Law