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Adams, J. Phillip

Professor from Practice

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Professor Phillip Adams, '72, ​joined the Michigan Law faculty as a professor from practice in 2012, after having taught as an adjunct faculty member for six years. He teaches courses in the area of income taxation of business enterprises, with a focus on taxation of corporations and tax aspects of complex corporate transactions. Recent courses Professor Adams has taught include Tax Planning for Business Transactions, Introduction to Income Taxation of Business Enterprises, and Corporate Income Taxation. Professor Adams practiced federal income tax law in the New York City and Washington, D.C., offices of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP as an associate (from 1972 to 1979) and as a partner (from 1980 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2011), and currently is of counsel to Skadden. From 1996 to 1999, Professor Adams was general tax counsel of CBS Corporation and its predecessor, Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In his practice at Skadden, Professor Adams advised law firm clients, including IBM, News Corporation, General Motors, Pfizer, U.S. Steel, and many others, in connection with tax aspects of structuring and executing mergers, acquisitions, spinoffs, financings, and other complex corporate transactions. Professor Adams received his BA from Louisiana State University in 1969, his JD from the University of Michigan in 1972, and his LLM from New York University in 1979.