Michael Doran

  • The Honorable Albert V. Bryan Jr. '50 Research Professor of Law

Michael Doran rejoined the Law School in 2014. His research interests include tax policy, executive compensation and legal ethics. Doran previously taught at the Law School from 2005 to 2009 and at Georgetown University Law Center from 2009 to 2014. Before he began teaching, he was a partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C., practicing federal tax and federal pension law. He also served twice in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department. Doran teaches tax, property, legal ethics, Native American law and employee benefits law.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • B.A.
    Wesleyan University


“The Equal-Protection Challenge to Federal Indian Law,” 6 U. Pa. J. of Law & Public Affairs ___ (2020).

“Retirement Distributions During the Public-Health Crisis,” 167 Tax Notes Federal 1713 (2020).

“Deferred Compensation Unbound,” 167 Tax Notes Federal 1589 (2020).

“Redefining Tribal Sovereignty for the Era of Fundamental Rights,” 95 Ind. L.J. 87 (2020).

“The False Promise of Portman-Cardin Pension Reform,” 163 Tax Notes 1673 (2019).

“Legislative Entrenchment and Federal Fiscal Policy,” 81:2 Law & Contemp. Probs. 27 (2018). 
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"Deferred Compensation and Comprehensive Tax Reform," 156 Tax Notes. 1241 (2017).

"Uncapping Executive Pay," 90 S. Cal. L. Rev. 815 (2017).
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"The Puzzle of Non-Qualified Retirement Pay," 70 Tax L. Rev. 181 (2017).
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"Tax Legislation in the Contemporary U.S. Congress" 67 Tax L. Rev. 555 (2014).

"Legislative Organization and Administrative Redundancy" 91 B.U. L. Rev. 1815 (2011).

"The Closed Rule," 59 Emory L.J. 1363 (2010).

"Managers, Shareholders, and the Corporate Double Tax," 95 Va. L. Rev. 517 (2009).

"Tax Penalties and Tax Compliance," 46 Harvard Journal on Legislation (2009).

"Time to Start Over on Deferred Compensation," 28 Va. Tax Rev. 223 (2008).

"Intergenerational Equity in Fiscal Policy Reform," 61 Tax L. Rev. 241 (2008).

"Legislative Compromise and Tax Transition Policy," 74 U. of Chi. L. Rev. 545 (2007).

"Executive Compensation Reform and the Limits of Tax Policy," Tax Policy Center Discussion Paper 18 (2004).

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Employee Benefits Law
Federal Income Tax
Corporate Tax
Professional Responsibility for Tax Lawyers
Native American Law
Roman Law

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