Gina Torielli

Gina Torielli

Professor and Graduate Tax Program Director

B.S., with high honors, Michigan State University
J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School

toriellg@cooley.edu

Professor Torielli is the director of the Graduate (LL.M.) Tax Program. She joined the Cooley faculty in the fall of 2003. While at law school, Professor Torielli worked with the Harvard Negotiation Project, and as a research assistant to Professor Bernard Wolfman.

She began practice in the largest Michigan law firm, moving after six years to Howard & Howard, a firm of more than 90 attorneys. In 1998, Professor Torielli was elected as President and CEO of that firm, and served a five year term as the first woman managing partner of a major Michigan law firm. In that capacity Professor Torielli led a large legal team in the development of a distinguished practice. She and her firm members have counseled businesses, banks and public sector clients, including several Fortune 500 firms. Her experience as managing partner gave her real world experience with ethical and practice management issues in a law firm setting. She uses this experience in her teaching and writing about the ethical standards of tax practice. She is a popular speaker on topics relating to law firm management, and conducts workshops on negotiation skills development.

Torielli’s own practice centered in taxation and public finance, and in that capacity she advised many nonprofit organizations and governmental entities on issues relating to tax exemption, tax-exempt financing and state and federal tax issues. Professor Torielli's scholarship is an effort to provide guidance to practitioners on the intricacies of federal tax exemption for municipal bonds.

The Detroit chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners named Professor Torielli one of the "top 10 business women of the year" in the spring of 2003. Corp! magazine named her one of the "95 most powerful women in Michigan" in March 2002, and Michigan Lawyers Weekly called her one of ten Michigan "Lawyers of the Year" in 1998. The Governor appointed Professor Torielli to the board of Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority in 2004. Professor Torielli also serves on the boards of several charitable organizations. She is an officer of the State Bar of Michigan’s Taxation Section.

Professor Torielli teaches the Tax Practice and Procedure, Standards and Ethics of Tax Practice, and Tax Exempt Organizations courses in the Graduate Tax Program. She teaches the Taxation and Wills Estates and Trusts courses in the J.D. program. She was the initial supervising professor for Cooley’s Estate Planning Clinic at the Auburn Hills campus.

Bibliography

Articles

Gina Torielli, Don't Relegate the New IRS Practice Standards Amendments to the Circular [230] File! 31 Mich. Tax Law. 7 (No. 2, Spring 2005).

Gina M. Torielli, Opining on the 501(c)(3) Tax-Free Bond Transaction: Avoiding Common Borrower's Counsel Misconceptions, 31 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 147 (2004).

Gina M. Torielli & Sherrill D. Wolford, The New State Real Property Transfer Tax, 73 Mich. B.J. 960 (1994).

Gina M. Torielli, The Revised Michigan Inheritance Tax Presents Traps for the Unwary Estate Representative, 71 Mich. B.J. 1312 (1992).

Gina M. Torielli, Protecting the Non-traditional Couple in Times of Medical Crises, 12 Harv. Women’s L.J. 220 (1989).

Books and Chapters in Books

Torielli, Gina M., author, Focus on Residential Property Appeals, chapter 4, in Real Property Taxes in Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI (2011).S

Torielli, Gina M., editor, Real Property Taxes in Michigan, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, MI (2010).

Frank, Judith A., Gina Torielli, and Nelson Miller. "To Think, to Act, to Learn: From Process to Performance." In Reflections of a Lawyer's Soul: The Institutional Experience of Professionalism at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, edited by Amy Timmer & Nelson Miller, 245-256. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2008.

Torielli, Gina M., "Interest on State and Local Bonds." In The Law of Federal Income Taxation, by Jacob Mertens, Jr., 8-1—8-249. St. Paul, MN: Thomson Reuters/West, 2007.

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Gina M. Torielli,  Brief of Michigan Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Plaintiffs, et al, Deboer v. Synder, (No. 12- cv-10285.), 2013 WL 3466719

Gina Torielli, New Tax Opinion Standard from the IRS Impact a Broad Range of Practitioners, 27 Benchmark (publication of Thomas M. Cooley Law School) 5 (No. 1, Hilary Term 2005).

 

Real-World Experience

Specialty: Tax Law

Courses: Tax Practice and Procedure, Standards and Ethics of Tax Practice, and Tax Exempt Organizations courses in the Graduate Tax Program, Taxation and Wills Estates and Trusts courses in the J.D. Program


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