Martin Ginsburg saved many a tax lawyer from making a mistake

Martin Ginsburg (1932-2010) was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s husband. He was a tax lawyer and law professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He was a specialist in Federal Tax Law. He wrote many articles on U.S. tax law which were published in several legal journals.

After law school I practiced in an area of law that involved and required knowledge of U.S. tax law. I returned to law school to earn an LLM degree in taxation so that I could become highly knowledgeable of just how a particular business plan would likely be affected by Federal Income taxation. The manner in which a business investment is designed and managed by a competent tax lawyer can made a huge difference in whether the participants will reap profits or losses.

In that regard, Martin Ginsburg was every tax lawyer’s best friend. Professor Ginsburg must have written a brilliant and instructive article on just about every last sort of business transaction and what tax consequences would flow from it.

Every time I was stumped by some new arrangement my client had conjured up I would immediately search for something Ginsburg might have written about it. I usually found something he wrote that was spot on and completely resolved my dilemma. Ginsburg wrote constantly on just about every tax problem he could imagine.

He was a great help to me and many other tax lawyers. Even if you thought you understood the situation it was always advisable to look up a Ginsburg article just to make sure.

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