Luis Rodriguez



"Effective Business Education is about fostering engagement, accelerating innovation, and amplifying impact"

- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International

Education

  • MSA: Accounting with Data Analytics, University of Illinois, exp 2022
  • LLM: Taxation, New York Law School, 2010
  • JD: Law, New York Law School, 1999
  • MBA: Finance, Baruch College, City University of New York, 1995
  • BS: Finance, Long Island University, 1985
  • The University of New South Wales; Learning to Teach Online, MOOC
  • Harvard; Contract Law, MOOC
  • RWTH Aachen; Introduction to Venture Capital, MOOC
  • Harvard; Corporate Governance, Seminar
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Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • Entrepreneurship Taxation

Biography

Luis Rodriguez Jr. is an Assistant Professor at Alfred University where he teaches Business Law and Taxation, and is also the campus coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. He previously taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law in New York Law School’s LL.M. Graduate Tax Program. He earned his BS and MBA in Finance, JD, and LLM in Taxation.

Professor Rodriguez conducts research in support of proposed tax legislation and amendments, and has published on the withholding tax treatment of total return equity swaps. His current research interests include entrepreneurship taxation.

In addition, Professor Rodriguez has served as a Board member of local organizations in the healthcare, and technology sectors. He is also very active in entrepreneurial ventures that advances student experiential learning across academic disciplines, serves the local economy, and promotes Alfred University's strategic interests.

For over twenty years Professor Rodriguez worked in the financial services industry on Wall Street, with the last ten years spent as an attorney documenting over-the-counter derivative transactions (FX, interest rate swap, equity swap, and credit derivatives). He then opened a tax law practice in New York City where he resolved personal federal and state income tax controversies.

Courses Taught

  • ACCT 371 Personal Income Tax
  • ACCT471 Corporate Income Tax
  • LAW 241 Legal Environment of Business
  • LAW 300-1 Sports Law (Online)
  • LAW 300-2 Marketing Law (Online)
  • LAW 442 Commercial Transactions
  • MBA 657 Advanced Taxation
  • UNIV 101 Common Ground

Grants

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant (2018)

Using Drone Technology for Workforce Development in Southern Tier NY

This project is a first-time, interdisciplinary collaboration between the Alfred University Engineering School and the College of Business to train the local workforce and Alfred University students in drone piloting and maintenance and in entrepreneurship, and then to practice these skills by providing local farmers with agricultural data to increase their crop yield and health

Awards/Honors

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant 2018
Empire State Counsel Award by the New York State Bar Association for providing 50+ hours of pro bono legal services 2009
New York State Pro Bono Service Award by the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project for pro bono legal services to Consumer Bankruptcy petitioners 2009
Commitment to Justice Award by inMotion, Inc. for pro bono legal services to the immigrant victims of domestic violence; Award presented by former NY Governor Mario Cuomo 2004

Activities

Student Mentoring & Experiential Learning Activities

  • Champion efforts to increase diversity in faculty and in the accounting profession by promoting:
    • The PhD Project, which seeks to increase the pipeline of ethnically diverse faculty in business education
    • The AICPA's Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop, which aims to strengthen students' professional skills and understanding of the benefits of earning a CPA credential
      • Alfred University student awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Denver CO workshop (2019)
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Coordinator (2014- )
    • The VITA program is supported by the Internal Revenue Service, with a mandate to provide free income tax filing services to qualified individuals. This program provides students with experiential learning opportunities to combine tax theory and practice to deepen their critical thinking through community engagement

University Service:

  • IT Committee Reviewing Online Material Accessibility, member (2018)
  • Search Committee for Accounting Faculty, member (2018)
  • Curriculum and Teaching Committee, member (2017-8)
  • MBA Advisory Council, member (2014-)

Host Tax and Business Speakers on the following topics (2015-):

  • Construction Tax Planning & Cost Segregation
  • Equine Business and Tax Issues
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Transfer Pricing, and International Taxation

Host Regulatory Speakers representing (2014-):

  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Treasury Department; Internal Revenue Service

Investment Banking Speakers (2015-7):

Provided telephonic access to monthly “pitch meetings” from various firms generally in the green energy sector seeking angel or seed funding


Personal:

Former six-time marathon runner; passionate about art collecting, social justice, and taking the road less travelled

Professional Experience

Academic Experience:

Journal of Business Law and Ethics Pedagogy, referee


Work Experience:

2014 to Present; Assistant Professor of Law and Taxation, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2012 to 2014; Adjunct Professor of Law, Graduate Tax Program, New York Law School; New York City, NY

2001 to 2014; My law practice focused on resolving the legal and tax issues of businesses, nonprofits, and individuals; For ten years I also documented exotic OTC derivative transactions (Equity Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, Interest Rate Swaps) for various banking and brokerage firms

1992 to 2001; Principal of a management consulting firm that provided back-office and OTC derivative documentation services (Equity Derivatives, Credit Default Swaps, Interest Rate Swaps) for various banking and brokerage firms

1985 to 1992; Project Manager, and Senior Staff Consultant at various financial services operations projects


Board and Committee Experiences:

  • Allegany County Telecommunications Development Corp., Board Member (2015-17); Appointed by the Allegany County Legislature, the board members are responsible for promoting quality Internet access to the residents of Allegany County, NY
  • Ardent Solutions, Inc., Board Member (2015-17); NY nonprofit whose members represent healthcare providers and stakeholders servicing the needs of those in Western New York
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, Member (2012) representing New York State (www.improveirs.org); Appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the 83 panel members’ mission is to improve the IRS tax administration system and organization by providing input on its strategic initiatives
  • En Foco Inc., Board Member (2007-11) (www.enfoco.org); NY nonprofit that promotes cultural diversity in photography; En Foco publishes Nueva Luz, a three-time finalist for the Lucie Awards as the Best Photographic Magazine of the Year for 2007 - 2009
  • Manhattan Community Board Five, Board Member (2006-11) (www.cb5.org); Appointed by the Manhattan Borough President, the 50 board members represent the diverse stakeholders of Midtown Manhattan, with over 50 million residents, visitors, and workers
  • Violence Intervention Program Inc., Board Member (2005-6) (www.vipmujeres.org); NY nonprofit that serves the immigrant victims of domestic violence and their families

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