M. Carr Ferguson

Visiting Professor of Law

  • BA, 1952, Cornell University
  • LLB, 1954, Cornell University
  • LLM, 1960, New York University

Carr Ferguson is a member of the bars of New York and the District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court and various federal courts, including the United States Tax Court. He was a trial Attorney and special assistant to the Attorney General, Tax Division, United States Department of Justice from 1954-60. He served as Assistant Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law from 1960-62 and was an Associate Professor and Denison Professor of Law at New York University from 1962-77. Professor Ferguson has been a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford University Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University. He served as Of Counsel for Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York City from 1969-77; Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Tax Division, United States Department of Justice, 1977-81; Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York City, since 1981. He is a member of: American Law Institute, The American, New York State and City Bar Associations, Chair of the ABA Tax Section and former Chairman of its Committee on Simplification. He is the former Chairman of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section's Committees on Procedure and Income Taxation of Estates and Trusts and member of its Executive Committee. He is a former special consultant to the United States Department of Justice and the Secretary of the Treasury of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He is a co-author of the Federal Tax Legislation in Perspective (ALI, 1965) and various articles and reports. He is a frequent lecturer to federal tax institutes, bar groups, consultant to government officials, panelist and member of United States Tax Court and Court of Appeals judicial conferences and witness before congressional tax-writing and judiciary committees. Professor Ferguson is a Trustee of the New York University Law Center Foundation and Lewis & Clark College. He is a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternities and is listed in the Directory of American Scholars, the International Scholars Directory and Who's Who in America .

Areas of Expertise

Professor Ferguson teaches corporate reorganization.

Professional Experience

Ferguson is senior counsel to Davis Polk & Wardwell. He served as the assistant attorney general in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was one of the original thirty lawyers in the department's Honor Graduate Program. Ferguson was Denison Professor of Law at New York University. He also taught law at the University of Iowa and Stanford University. He was of counsel to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Honors and Affiliations

Ferguson is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association and former chair of its Tax Section, and the New York State and City Bar Associations. He is vice chair of the Board of trustees of Lewis & Clark College, a trustee of New York University School of Law and serves on the council of Cornell University and the board of visitors of Cornell Law School. He serves as member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternities. Ferguson is listed in the Directory of American Scholars, the International Scholars Directory, and Who's Who in America.

Key Works

Ferguson's publications include Federal Income Taxation of Estates, Trusts, and Beneficiaries, 3rd Ed. Ed. (with Ascher, and Freeland) (Aspen Law & Business, 1998); and Federal Tax Legislation in Perspective (with Eustice, and Ross) (The American Law Institute, 1965).

Spring 2016 Classes

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