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Albert G. Lauber

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Albert Lauber
Senior Judge of the United States Tax Court
Assumed office
January 1, 2020
Judge of the United States Tax Court
In office
January 31, 2013 – January 1, 2020
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byStephen Swift
Succeeded byChristian N. Weiler
Personal details
Born (1950-01-01) January 1, 1950 (age 74)
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
Alma materYale College (BA)
Clare College, Cambridge (MA)
Yale University (JD)

Albert George Lauber (born January 1, 1950) is an American lawyer who serves as a senior judge of the United States Tax Court.



Lauber was born in Bronxville, New York on January 1, 1950.[1] He received a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize) in 1971 from Yale College and a Juris Doctor in 1977 from Yale Law School. He received a Master of Arts in 1974, from Clare College, Cambridge. He served as a law clerk to Judge Malcolm R. Wilkey of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He served in the United States Department of Justice as a tax assistant to the Solicitor General and later served as Deputy Solicitor General from 1983 to 1988. He spent seventeen years as a partner at the Washington, D.C. tax firm of Caplin & Drysdale, where he specialized in tax litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He previously served as Director of the Graduate Tax and Securities Programs and as a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.[2][3]

Tax Court service


On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Lauber to serve as a Judge of the United States Tax Court, to the seat vacated by Judge Stephen J. Swift, who had resigned from the court. His nomination received a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Finance on December 11, 2012 and was reported favorably on December 21, 2012. His nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 1, 2013.[4] He received his commission on January 31, 2013. His commission will expire on January 30, 2028, at which time his fifteen-year term will end.[2][3]

In August 2018, Lauber determined that Illinois Tool Works owed no tax on over $356 million in repatriated funds from its foreign subsidiaries because the transactions had been sufficiently structured as debt.[5][6] Lauber also decided two high-profile transfer pricing cases, Amazon v. Commissioner[7] and Coca-Cola v. Commissioner.[8] He assumed senior status on January 1, 2020.

See also



  1. ^ Finance, United States Congress Senate Committee on (2012). Nominations of Albert F. Lauber and Ronald Lee Buch: Hearing Before the Committee on Finance, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session, on the Nominations of Albert F. Lauber, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court; and Ronald Lee Buch, to be a Judge of the United States Tax Court, December 11, 2012. U.S. Government Printing Office. pp. 30–31.
  2. ^ a b Nomination announcement from whitehouse.gov
  3. ^ a b Official Biography at the United States Tax Court
  4. ^ "Pres. Nom. 600". 112th Congress (2013).
  5. ^ Note, Recent Case: Tax Court Holds in Favor of Taxpayer on Loan Between Foreign Subsidiaries, 132 Harv. L. Rev. 2378 (2019).
  6. ^ Illinois Tool Works Inc. v. Commissioner, 116 T.C.M. (CCH) 124 (2019).
  7. ^ "Amazon.Com, Inc. v. Comm'r, 148 T.C. No. 8 | Casetext Search + Citator". casetext.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  8. ^ "Coca-Cola Co. v. Comm'r, 155 T.C. No. 10 | Casetext Search + Citator". casetext.com. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
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