Jeffrey T. Sheffield

Professor of Practice


Jeffrey T. Sheffield joined the Law School faculty in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer.  He has previously taught corporate tax, advanced income tax, and business planning courses at The University of Chicago and IIT-Kent College of Law.  He serves on the planning committee for, and during 2008-09 chaired, the University of Chicago Federal Income Tax Conference.  He has practiced tax law at Kirkland & Ellis LLP since 1980, where he continues as a partner.  His scholarly interests include the interplay between the form of business organization and the tax treatment of the organization’s activities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Taxation
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Business Organizations

Selected Publications

  • Corporate Transactions and the Economic Substance Doctrine, 89 Taxes – The Tax Magazine 163 (2011).
  • Reconciling Spin-Offs with General Utilities Repeal, 74 Taxes – The Tax Magazine 941 (1996).
  • An Abecedarium on Alphabet Stock, 66 Taxes – The Tax Magazine 954 (1988).
  • Organizing The Corporate Venture (Little Brown 1995) (with Christian Kimball).
  • Federal Income Tax Considerations Affecting Start-Up Businesses, in Start-up & Emerging Companies: Planning, Financing & Operating The Successful Business (with Jack S. Levin).

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  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • BA, University of Chicago

Prior Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School
  • Lecturer, Chicago-Kent College of Law

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