Steve Johnson received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1981. From 1981 to 1986, he was a member of the tax department of the New York City office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he worked on corporate reorganizations, syndications, international transactions, business start-ups and liquidations, corporate finance, and other areas.
From 1986 to 1994, Steve was an attorney with the IRS Chief Counsel's Office, where he litigated cases in the Tax Court and Bankruptcy Court and rendered technical advice across a broad spectrum of substantive and procedural areas of taxation. He received four Superior Accomplishment awards for work in the Large Case Program and tax litigation, was the lead attorney for two national tax shelter projects, taught in the Chief Counsel's Trial Attorney Training Program, and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.
Since leaving the Chief Counsel's Office, Steve has taught tax law in law schools. He was a Visiting Professor of Taxation at Chicago-Kent College of Law; a tenured professor at Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington; a tenured professor, named-professorship holder, and associate dean at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and a tenured University Professor at the Florida State University College of Law. Steve also visited at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a member of the faculty of the Tax LL.M. program at the University of Alabama School of Law.
Among other subjects, Steve teaches Federal Income Tax, Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships, Taxation of International Transactions, Business Planning, Civil and Criminal Tax Procedure, and Advanced Issues in Taxation Seminar.
Steve has been a featured speaker at numerous tax law conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, state and local bar and accounting groups, and law schools. He is an Associate Editor of the ABA Section of Taxation NewsQuarterly and a featured columnist for State Tax Notes.