A.B., Harvard; J.D., Columbia; LL.M., Georgetown
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Professor Brian Galle teaches courses on taxation, nonprofit organizations, and behavioral law & economics at the Law Center. During the 2022-2023 academic year he is on leave while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Securities & Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance. He also serves as a research fellow in the IRS Joint Statistical Research Program and the U.C. Irvine/Student Loan Law Initiative. Published three times each in the Yale Law Journal and Stanford Law Review, he is a regular on lists of the “Top Ten Most-Cited Tax Law Scholars,” and has been twice quoted in Pulitzer-winning coverage of the nonprofit sector.
Before Georgetown, he taught at Boston College and Florida State, and visited at George Washington and San Diego law schools. Prior to academia, he was a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Appeals and Tax Enforcement Policy Section in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and worked as a law clerk for Judges Robert A. Katzmann (of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) and Stephen M. Orlofsky (of the District of New Jersey). A graduate of Harvard College, he received a J.D. from Columbia, and an LL.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown, where he was a Graduate Tax Scholarship Fellow.
In 2012, together with four colleagues, he was signatory to an amicus brief in NFIB v. Sebelius, the case challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court upheld the statute as a proper exercise of Congress’ taxing power, following closely the reasoning argued in the amicus brief.
You can follow Prof. Galle on twitter @BDGesq.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Book Chapters & Collected Works
"State wealth tax bill garners support in WA Senate hearing," coverage in The Columbia Basin Herald, March 15, 2023, featuring Professor Brian Galle.
"The radical diea on college campuses: Using endowments to help students and staff in crisis," coverage by MarketWatch, October 21, 2021, featuring Professor Brian Galle.
"Harvard, Yale to Decline Federal Stimulus Money for Covid Costs," coverage by Bloomberg, August 11, 2021, featuring Professor Brian Galle.
"Can you get unemployment if you lose your job for refusing to get vaccinated?" coverage by Fortune, August 9, 2021, featuring Professor Brian Galle.