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Karen Burke

Richard B. Stephens Eminent Scholar



Mailing Address:
Box #117625 Gainesville, FL 32611


(352) 273-0924

(352) 392-7647

Karen Burke holds the position of Professor of Law and Richard B. Stephens Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She joined the Florida faculty in 2013 after visiting from the University of San Diego School of Law where she was a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law from 2001 to 2013. Before joining mthe San Diego faculty, she was the Dorsey & Whitney Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Burke received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1979, her J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982 and her LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law in 1985. After graduating from Stanford Law School, she clerked for Judge Robert E. Keeton on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and practiced law with Sullivan & Worcester in Boston.

Burke’s current research interests focus on statutory interpretation, tax shelters, and professional and ethical standards of tax practice. She is the author (or co-author) of numerous articles and seven books, including Corporate Taxation (with George K. Yin) (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. forthcoming 2016), Federal Income Taxation of S Corporations (with McNulty), (Foundation Press, 2d ed. 2015), Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Stockholders (West Group, 7th ed. 2014), Partnership Taxation (with George K. Yin) (Aspen Law & Business, 2d ed. 2013), Federal Income Taxation of Partners and Partnerships (West Group, 4th ed. 2013). Her recent articles include The Moving Target of Tax Reform, 93 N.C. L. REV. 649 (2015) (with McCouch), Unified Passthrough Reform Misses the Mark, 146 Tax Notes 1371 (2015), and Passthrough Entities: The Missing Element in Business Tax Reform, 40 Pepperdine L. Rev. 1329 (2013). Burke has taught as a visiting professor on the law faculties of Boston College, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington & Lee. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as a Consultant to the ALI Federal Income Tax Project — Taxation of Private Business Enterprises and the Joint Committee on Taxation’s Tax Simplification Project.

Professor Burke's scholarship can be found on:


LL.M., Boston University J.D., Stanford Law School Ph.D., Harvard  University M.A., Harvard University B.A., Smith College

Teaching and Scholarship

Partnership Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Federal Tax Research

Professional Activities

  • University of Florida: Joined College of Law faculty as Professor in 2013.
  • Previous Academic Experience: Warren Distinguished Professor, University of San Diego (2001-2013); Dorsey & Whitney Professor, University of Minnesota (1999-2001); Professor, University of Minnesota (1986-1991, 1992-1999); Professor, University of Missouri – Columbia (1991-1992).
  • Government Service: Law Clerk, Judge Robert E. Keeton, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1982-1983).
  • Private Practice: Sullivan & Worcester (Boston, MA, 1983-1986).
  • Professional Associations: American Law Institute; American Bar Association, Section on Taxation; Massachusetts Bar Association.
Partnership Taxation (LLM) (6430)
Corporate Taxation (JD) (6620)
Federal Tax Research (LLM) (7911)


  • PARTNERSHIP TAXATION (with Yin), 2d ed. (Aspen Law & Business) (forthcoming 2013).
  • Corporate Taxation (with Yin) (Aspen Law & Business) (2011).


  • Passthrough Entities: The Missing Element in Business Tax Reform, 40 PEPPEDINE LAW REVIEW (forthcoming 2013).
  • Framing Economic Substance, 31 VA. TAX REV. 271 (2011).
  • The Sound and Fury of Carried Interest Reform, 1 COLUM. J. TAX L. 1 (2010).
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