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Linda M. Beale

474 Ferry Mall
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3941
Fax: (313) 577-5498

Practice areas: Taxation

Linda M. Beale is a professor of law and director of graduate studies at the Wayne State University Law School. Before teaching law, she clerked with Judge Dorothy Nelson on the Ninth Circuit and worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton in New York (with one year in Washington, DC) as a tax associate. Professor Beale's work with Cleary's many financial institution and multinational corporate clients included a wide range of tax issues such as securitizations, partnerships, and crossborder corporate mergers and acquisitions. She has also served as a congressional staffer, a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, and a university administrator at Binghamton University. Professor Beale's scholarship has focused on various aspects of corporate tax shelters, proposing more transparent financial reporting of aggressive tax transactions and higher standards for taxpayers and tax advisers as a means of discouraging the tax minimization norm that facilitates aggressive tax positions. She has also written and spoken extensively about the patenting of tax strategies, including at the Drake-Tundra 2009 Intellectual Property Roundtable, and serves on the American Bar Association Taxation Section's task force on tax strategy patents. Professor Beale also maintains a blog at http://ataxingmatter.blogs.com/tax/, dedicated to discussion of tax and budgetary matters in the context of the demands of democratic egalitarianism.