Deborah A Geier

Professor of Law

Office: LB 233

p. 216-687-2341




A.B., Baldwin-Wallace College
J.D., Case Western Reserve University


Professor Deborah A. Geier is a summa cum laude graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College and a magna cum laude graduate of the Case Western Reserve University Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Law Review. Following her graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Monroe G. McKay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and then joined the tax group of the Wall Street firm of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. She joined the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law faculty in 1989. She was a co-author of the 1st (1995), 2nd (1999), and 3rd (2004) editions of Federal Income Tax: Doctrine, Structure, and Policy (LexisNexis). In an effort to reduce student textbook costs, she is the sole author of U.S. Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, an e-textbook that students can download for free in pdf, ePub, or Mobi format from eLangdell, a division of CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction), or purchase in print-on-demand format for about $35. She is also the author of numerous academic articles.

Geier has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and the University of Florida in Gainesville; she was also the John J. Sparkman Chairholder of Law (Visiting) at the University of Alabama and the Leon M. & Gloria Plevin Professor of Law at Cleveland-Marshall (the inaugural holder of a three-year, rotating, endowed professorship). She is a member of the American Law Institute and has served both as a member of the Executive Committee and as Chair of the Tax Section of the Association of American Law Schools. She has also served as an Academic Advisor to the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (comprising the members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee) in connection with a tax simplification study mandated by Congress, and has testified before the Senate Finance Committee in connection with the tax consequences of home mortgage foreclosures.

Teaching Areas:

Tax I (Federal Income Taxation of Individuals), Tax II (Federal Income Taxation of Business Enterprises), Federal Income Taxation of International Transactions, Advanced Corporate Tax

Research Areas:

Tax Law

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