Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship, Professor of Law

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  • Ph.D., Personal Financial Planning, Kansas State University
  • J.D., Liberty University School of Law, first in classsumma cum laude
  • M.S. in Accounting, Liberty University
  • B.S., Liberty University, summa cum laude, Honors Program
  • C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant, Virginia license
  • ChFC®, Chartered Financial Consultant
  • Graduate Certificate, Applied Statistics, Kansas State University

Areas of Interest/Teaching

Taxation; Financial Planning; Wills, Trusts, & Estates; Business Planning; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; and Bankruptcy


  • Both a lawyer and a certified public accountant
  • Clerked for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink of the United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Worked in accounting for a Fortune 500 insurance company


  • Phantom Income and Domestic Support Obligations, 67 Buff. L. Rev. 365 (2019)
  • The Income Tax Exemption of Charities and the Tax Deductibility of Charitable Donations: The United States and Australia Compared, 33 Australian Tax Forum 667 (2018) (with Fiona Martin, UNSW)
  • Exogeneity vs. Endogeneity in Section 170’s Quid Pro Quo Test, 90 State Tax Notes 37 (2018)
  • The Pernicious Effect of Dubious Materiality, 12 Liberty U. L. Rev. 315 (2018)
  • Higher Education Savings and Planning: Tax and Nontax Considerations, 5 Texas A&M L. Rev. 343 (2018) (with F. Philip Manns)
  • The Tax Lifecycle of a Single-Member LLC, 36 Va. Tax Rev. 323 (2017) (with F. Philip Manns)
  • The Front Door Opens Wide for the Backdoor Roth IRA, 155 Tax Notes 1325 (2017) (with F. Philip Manns)
  • Financial Twilight Re-Appraisal: Ending the Judicially Created Quagmire of Fiduciary Duties to Creditors, 78 U. Pittsburgh L. Rev. 135 (2016) (with Anil Hargovan, UNSW)
  • Issues Arising Upon the Death of the Sole Member of a Single-Member LLC, 99 Marquette L. Rev. 723 (2016) (with F. Philip Manns)
  • Discharge of Late Tax Return Debt in Bankruptcy: Fixing BAPCPA’s Draconian Hanging Paragraph, 24 American Bankr. Inst. L. Rev. 433 (2016)
  • Whose Goodwill Is It? The Taxation of Goodwill in Owner-Entity Transactions, 122 J. Taxation 74 (2015)
  • The Tail That Wags the Dog: The Problem of Pre-Merit-Decision Interim Fees and Moral Hazard in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, 63 U. Kan. L. Rev 1 (2014)
  • The Fifth Amendment and the Conjurer’s Circle: Exploring the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination in Federal Tax Practice, 9 Charleston L. Rev. 147 (2014)
  • To Lien Strip or Not to Lien Strip: Fourth Circuit Blesses Controversial “Chapter 20” Bankruptcy Lien Stripping in In re Davis, 65 S.C. L. Rev. 963 (2014)
  • Multiple-Entity Planning to Reduce Self-Employment Taxes: Recent Cases Demonstrate the Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them, 13 J. Tax. Prac. & Proc. 31 (2011)
  • Patenting the Fingerprint of God: How Gene Patents Violate the Products of Nature Doctrine, 5 Liberty U. L. Rev. 77 (2010) (Student Note)


Timothy M. Todd, Ph.D., serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Scholarship and Professor of Law. He also serves as the Director of the Wealth Management and Financial Planning Program at the law school, which has the distinction of being the first exclusively JD-based, CFP Board–registered program in the country.

He earned his Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Kansas State University. He is also a lawyer and a certified public accountant (his law and CPA licenses are in Virginia), and he holds the Chartered Financial Consultant® designation and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential.

Dr. Todd has taught an array of courses, including individual income taxation; taxation of estates and gifts; wills, trusts, and estates; mergers and acquisitions; business planning; and bankruptcy, among others.

Todd graduated summa cum laude from Liberty University School of Law, where he graduated first in his class and served as managing editor of the law review. He clerked for the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink of the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  He has the distinct privilege of being the first Liberty Law alumnus to join the law school faculty full time. Todd began his tenure as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2016.

Dean Todd serves as a regular Forbes contributor, writing about taxes, tax planning, tax cases, and related areas. He also served as an ATAX Research Fellow, being named the 2015 John Raneri Fellow at the University of New South Wales School of Taxation and Business Law in Sydney, Australia.

Dean Todd has been quoted in outlets such as Bloomberg, Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report, Tax Notes, Tax Notes Today, Accounting Today, and Business News Daily. He is a member of the ABA’s Joint Task Force on Governance Issues for Distressed Companies and formerly served as a member of the AICPA’s Tax Practice and Procedures Committee. He also serves as the chair of the ABA Section of Taxation’s Individual and Family Taxation Committee (and was a former vice chair).

Dr. Todd’s research and teaching interests include taxation, business planning, and corporate law, among other topics. His works have been published in Tax Notes, State Tax Notes, Texas A&M Law Review, Virginia Tax Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, Marquette Law Review, the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review, the Journal of Taxation, the University of Kansas Law Review, the South Carolina Law Review, the Charleston Law Review, the Journal of Tax Practice and Procedure, and the Liberty University Law Review.

He also holds a master’s degree in accounting, and he graduated summa cum laude and completed the honors program from Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in business specializing in finance. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Kansas State University. He completed additional financial planning training from the College for Financial Planning from which he earned the Accredited Asset Management Specialist designation.

Todd is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Tax Court. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants.