Faculty

A Distinguished Panel of Respected Leaders

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law is proud to have an experienced, caring and diverse faculty. The credentials of our faculty are first-rate. Our professors have structured business transactions at both the international and the domestic levels and litigated before the World Court at The Hague, the U.S. Supreme Court and federal and state trial and appellate courts. Their clients have ranged from the largest multinational corporations to the most needy members of our society and virtually every type of client in between. Our faculty also have testified before Congress and the California legislature, have appeared as experts on national and local television news and radio broadcasts and have served as legal consultants to our government, the United Nations and several foreign governments.

Robert Anthony

Principal Partner, Anthony & Cie, France; Chartered Certified Accountant, U.K.; Certified Financial Planner, France; Professor; Visiting Professor Skema Business School, France; Author, International Fiscal Strategy (Monitor Press)

Harry Aschbacher

LL.B., University of Geneva (Switzerland); LL.M. in International Economic Law, Catholic University of Peru, Head of Legal for Trade Finance, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Hannah Bible

J.D.; LL.M. in Taxation, New York University; Adviser, Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization of the United Nations, New York.

Robert Bloink

J.D.; attorney, formerly Trial Attorney, Internal Revenue Service; prominent expert on taxation of structured financial products.

Alan E. Brill

Senior Managing Director for Technology Services, Kroll Ontrack, and head of global high-technology investigation and computer forensic services for Kroll Associates; formerly Deputy Inspector General of New York City and Director of the New York City Department of Investigation.

William H. Byrnes IV

Formerly Associate Director, International Tax, Coopers & Lybrand and author of several legal treatises and books. Read more about the Founder

Beckett G. Cantley

Associate Professor of Law, John Marshall School of Law (Atlanta)

Thomas V. Cash

Senior Managing Director, Kroll Associates; formerly Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami.

Dr. Joel M. M. DeCicco

CPA, PFS, CFF, Financial Products Team Manager, Internal Revenue Service, formerly acting IRS national Employment Tax Program Manager.

Kithsiri L. DeSilva

Investigator, Corporate Segment, New Zealand Department of Inland Revenue; formerly Assistant Commissioner, Botswana Department of Taxes; more than 27 years as tax investigator in

J. Richard Duke

J.D.; LL.M., University of Miami; Principal, the Duke Law Firm, Birmingham, Alabama and author of numerous books and book chapters on international trust law and international taxation.

Daniel N. Erasmus

Attorney, South Africa; Founder, Daniel Erasmus Attorneys, www.taxriskmanagement.com, Atlanta, South Africa and Florida.

Larry C. Fedro

Executive Director, St. Thomas University School of Law Tax Clinic, Miami, Florida.

Jason Fiske

J.D.; LLM in Taxation, Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Program Director for Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Graduate Programs.

Rick L. Frimmer

CPA, J.D. cum laude, Harvard Law School; head of the Corporate Group, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, San Diego, California.

Philips G. Gay, Jr.

CRCM, CRP; Senior Adviser, Paragon Compliance Group, Winnetka, Illinois; President, Compliance Advisory Service.

Dr. Thomas A. Gionis

M.D., University of South Carolina, J.D., M.B.A., M.H.A.; LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Fulbright Scholar in Law, U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist Program; Chairman, American Board of Healthcare Law and Medicine;

Dr. Claudia Gramaccia

Ph.D. in European and International Tax Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; researcher, Instituto Giuridico Antonio Cicu, University of Bologna, Italy; formerly Professor of

Stephen Gray

J.D., American University; LL.M. in Tax, Georgetown; formerly Trial Attorney, Appellate Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Director and Executive Committee member, International Tax Planning Association.

Alan J. Hazen

M.S.; President, National Association for Bank Security, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; 33 years of international and domestic law enforcement experience with U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, and as Regional Inspector General, USAID, in charge of investigations for Africa.

Kim Hoffman-Bloink

J.D.; In-house counsel, Nextel Communications; formerly Compliance Counsel, Kmart Corporation.

Dr. Simon P. Horn

M.B.A., Ph.D.; Associate Professor at the Graduate School of International Management of L'Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and Professor, International School of Management,

Dr. Chaowu Jin

LL.M. in Taxation, University of Florida; J.S.D., Peking University Law School; Chief Consultation Officer, Lextar International Consultation Office, Toronto; Professor of Law, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing.

Denis A. Kleinfeld

Of Counsel, Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Keechl, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; author, Practical International Tax Planning (PLI).

Alwyn de Koker

Professor of Taxation, University of the Witwatersrand School of Accountancy, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Marshall J. Langer

J.D. summa cum laude, University of Miami; Of Counsel and retired Partner, Shutts & Bowen, London and Miami; author of numerous books on international taxation and tax treaties.

David Lasky

CWM, MFP, M.S. (Economics), Jagellonian University (Cracow, Poland); Co-founder, Scimitar Oryx Partners; formerly Managing Director, Deutsche Bank AG, London.

James Lavorgna

President & CEO, Forsyth Wealth Management, Inc. and Business Services International, Inc.; wealth management instructor, AAFM.

George S. Mentz

George Mentz, J.D., M.B.A., CWM, QFP; CEO and Chairman, American Academy of Financial Management; author of numerous books on wealth management and financial planning. Read More - Prof. Mentz is the coordinator for Wealth Management and Certification Program Standards.

Melissa Muhammad

Competent Authority Analyst, Internal Revenue Service; expert on international tax treaties.

Dr. Robert J. Munro

Co-Director, Center for International Financial Crimes Studies, University of Florida College of Law; Senior Research Fellow and Director of Research for North America, CIDOEC, Jesus College, Cambridge University; Barrister and attorney.

Grant W. Newton

CIRA, CPA, Ph.D.: Professor of Accounting at Pepperdine University, author of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Accounting: Practice and Procedure, 6th edition and co-author of Bankruptcy and Insolvency Taxation, 2nd edition; Executive Director of the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors; Member, AICPA Task Force on Financial Reporting by Entities in Reorganization Under the Bankruptcy Code; Member, Board of Directors, American Bankruptcy Institute.

Rosemarie Oda

J.D., Boalt Hall Law School (U.C. Berkeley); formerly General Counsel, California Department of Financial Institutions; District Counsel, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Of Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco.

Michael T. O'Halloran

J.D., University of Southern California; Law Offices of Michael T. O'Halloran, San Diego; Certified Specialist in Bankruptcy Law (State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization); certified in Business Bankruptcy and Consumer Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification.

Knut Olsen

Ph.D. in International Taxation, Dundee University (Scotland); LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law;  LL.M St. Thomas University Miami; Head, Global Tax, Navico Holding and Jotun Norway; formerly tax and VAT inspector, Norway.

Fred Ongcapin

J.D.; LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Adjudications Officer (Policy) for the Policy and Regulation Management Division, Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Headquarters Office, Washington D.C.; J.D., California Southern University; LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Ana Penn

Founder and CEO, Internet Business Law Services, Inc. (IBLS), Barcelona; Founder and Director, eCommerce University; LL.M. in International Banking and Business Law, Boston University; LL.M. in Taxation, Golden Gate University.

Stephen Polak

M.S., CPA; Financial Products & Transaction Examiner, U.S. Internal Revenue Service; Certified Fraud Examiner

Dr. Daniel S. Ribbens

LL.B.; LL.M., D.C.L., McGill University; Ph.D., Cambridge University. Attorney and Legal Advisor to Merchant Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa; formerly Associate Professor of Company,

Michael J. Rinaldi II

J.D., LL.M. in International Tax & Financial Services, C.P.A.; Senior Partner, Michael J. Rinaldi & Co. LLP, Washington, D.C.

Roy Rohatgi

Chartered Accountant, U.K. and India; Conference Director, International Taxation Conference, Mumbai; author, Basic International Taxation (Kluwer Law International)

Arnold S. Rosenberg

J.D., Harvard Law School; Assistant Dean, Thomas Jefferson School of Law and Director, Diamond Graduate Program; formerly General Counsel, California Pacific Bank and Partner, Bancroft, Avery & McAlister, San Francisco.

Sean Patrick Rozario,

Professor Sean Rozario (DFA, Phd, MBA, CWM, MFP, MFC, MPM, Fellow AAFM) - Former Senior Manager Credit Control at MNC’s such DHL and Diethelm and banks Standard Chartered, HSBC, AMEX and UBAF. Sean is currently the Head of Professional Development & Associate Lecturer with the National Community Leadership Institute. He is also active in volunteerism management as a Grassroots @ Community leader & appointed by various governmental ministries as Vice Chairman and Auditor.

 

Gordon Russell

J.D., LL.B., M.L.S.; formerly Associate Professor and Director of Library & Information Technology, University of New Mexico School of Law and Southern New England School of Law

Casimir Sayn-Wittgenstein

CWM, MFP, MBA; Founder, Scimitar Oryx Partners; formerly Senior Vice President, Renaissance Investment Management.

Dr. George L. Salis

Senior Principal Tax Compliance Analyst & Counsel, Vertex, Inc.; LL.B. (Honours), University of Wolverhampton (U.K.); Ph.D.; LL.M. m.c.l., Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Jason Simpson

CRA; LL.M., Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Senior Compliance Advisor, Standard Chartered Bank International, Private Wealth Division.

William Smelko

J.D. University of Michigan; H. Litt. with First Honours, Trinity College (Dublin).

Debora de Souza Correa Tanutto

LL.M. in International Tax, University of Florida; MBA, post-graduate in Brazilian taxation, and LL.B., Brazil; International Tax & Transfer Pricing Analyst, Temenos Banking Software Co., formerly tax consultant, Deloitte - Brazil

Richard Stephenson

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Mechanics Bank, Richmond, California; formerly Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Washington Mutual Bank and Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP

George Summerfield

Patent litigation attorney, Stadheim & Grear, Ltd., Chicago; formerly Investigative Attorney, U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Unfair Import Investigations.

Richard West

Attorney and Barrister; General Counsel, Pipeline Trading Systems, LLC, New York; FINRA licensee.

Susan Wind

M.A. (Criminal Justice), Rutgers; consultant, National Association for Bank Security; Certified Crime Analyst (IALEIA) and Certified Research Planner (IALEP).

Hon. Ralph Zulman

Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of South Africa (retired); Member, Advisory Committee to the American Law Institute on Transnational Insolvency: Principles of Cooperation; Member, International Insolvency Institute Committees on Transnational Litigation and Insolvency Legislation.

Rainford M. Knight, Ph.D.


Dr. Knight has over 20 years practical experience in financial and Investment analysis. Dr. Knight is currently a partner at FIF, the Florida Institute of Finance, His experience covers mergers and acquisitions, venture capital valuation, strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting. Dr. Knight is on faculty with several colleges and business schools also teaches the fixed income course for the CFA exam.