Lecturer in Law
Gilbert S. Rothenberg earned his B.A. (in Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania, his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law, and his LL.M. (in Taxation) from Georgetown University Law Center. Until he retired in November 2019, Mr. Rothenberg spent his entire career at the Justice Department’s Tax Division, starting out as a line attorney in the Division’s Appellate Section. For the last 15 years of his tenure, he was Chief of the Tax Division’s Appellate Section, overseeing a staff of approximately 50 attorneys and support personnel. Mr. Rothenberg is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University’s Washington College of Law (where for more than 30 years he has taught courses in individual, corporate, and partnership income tax), at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School (where he has taught tax courses since the Fall of 2019), and at the University of Maryland and the University of Nebraska Law Schools (where he taught a joint tax course during the Summer of 2020). His publications include an article on income tax deficiency procedures in The Virginia Tax Review, later reprinted in abbreviated form in The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles, and a chapter in the ABA’s 2009 publication entitled Careers in Tax Law. He was profiled in the Winter 2010 issue of the ABA’s Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly, and he is also a frequent speaker/panel member at federal tax conferences. In 2012, President Obama awarded him the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, and in 2019 he received the Attorney General’s Mary C. Lawton Lifetime Service Award.