About Judge David Laro
Judge David Laro graduated from the University of Michigan in 1964, earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois law school in 1967, and an LL.M in Taxation from New York University Law School in 1970.
He engaged in the practice of tax law in Michigan for the next 24 years. He was appointed to the Board of Education in Michigan and served as a Regent of the University of Michigan. He started a bank which eventually grew to over 100 locations.
Judge Laro was appointed by President H.W. Bush as a Federal Judge, United States Tax Court on November 2, 1992 and continues to serve as a senior judge on the Court. As a Tax Court Judge, he has authored over 600 opinions.
Harvard University and the USAID retained Judge Laro as a consultant to comment on the draft tax laws of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan among others as these countries were reforming their tax laws.
Judge Laro pioneered a technique called "hot tubbing" whereby the judge and expert witnesses have a candid discussion on the record during the trial. He also was one of the first federal judges to utilize a trial procedure called "quick-peek" which allows litigants to examine evidence otherwise protected by privilege.
Judge Laro co-authored a 500 page book entitled Business Valuation and Federal Taxes which is now in its second edition. Judge Laro was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law school for 20 years and he lectured at Stanford Law School.
At USD Law, Judge Laro has been a visiting professor for two decades - teaching various tax subjects including corporate tax, tax litigation, tax policy, and business valuation. For approximately 15 years, Judge Laro also directed the internship program in the USD Summer Abroad Program in Paris.
Judge Laro's wife, Nancy, is a retired CPA. They have two daughters, Rachel and Marlene, both of whom are tax attorneys and have four grandchildren. His daughter, Marlene Laro, is COO of a law firm in Washington DC.