L. Paige Marvel

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Paige Marvel
Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
In office
June 1, 2016 – May 31, 2018
Preceded by Michael B. Thornton
Succeeded by Maurice B. Foley
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Assumed office
December 3, 2014
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Herself
In office
April 6, 1998 – April 6, 2013
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Lawrence Wright
Succeeded by Herself
Personal details
Born (1949-12-06) December 6, 1949 (age 68)
Easton, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater University of Maryland, Baltimore

L. Paige Marvel (born December 6, 1949) is a Judge of the United States Tax Court.

Early life and education[edit]

Marvel was born in Maryland and graduated magna cum laude from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now the Notre Dame of Maryland University) in 1971.[1] She earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1974, where she was awarded Order of the Coif, a member of the Maryland Law Review and of the Moot Court Board.

Judicial career[edit]

Tax Court[edit]

Marvel was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Judge, United States Tax Court, on April 6, 1998, for a term ending April 5, 2013. On April 6, 2013, Marvel took senior status. She was subsequently re-nominated to the position by President Barack Obama for an additional fifteen-year term on July 30, 2013.[2] On January 15, 2014, Marvel testified before the Senate Finance Committee, "detailed her experiences during her first term as a Tax Court judge and said that if confirmed, she would continue to approach cases with an 'open mind and a commitment to justice.'"[3] On February 4, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee "approved the nominations of Tamara W. Ashford and L. Paige Marvel to serve as U.S. Tax Court judges."[4] On November 20, 2014, the United States Senate confirmed her by voice vote to a second 15-year term. She assumed office for a second term on December 3, 2014. On June 1, 2016 Marvel became Chief Judge of the Tax Court.[5]

Professional career[edit]

  • 1988-1998: Partner, Venable, Baetjer & Howard L.L.P."
  • 1986-1988: Shareholder, Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner, Smouse & Garbis
  • 1985-1986: Shareholder, Garbis, Marvel & Junghans
  • 1976-1985: Shareholder, Garbis & Schwait
  • 1974-1976: Associate, Garbis & Schwait[1]

Awards and associations[edit]


  • 1996-2003: Loyola/Notre Dame Library, Inc. Board of Trustees
  • 1996-1998: Fellow and former Regent, American College of Tax Counsel
  • 1996-1998: Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association
  • 1995-2001: University of Maryland Law School Board of Visitors
  • 1993-1995: Vice-Chair, ABA Section of Taxation, Committee Operations
  • 1990-1998: Co-editor, Procedure Department, The Journal of Taxation
  • 1989-1991: Member, Commissioner's Review Panel on IRS Integrity
  • 1989-1992: ABA Council Director
  • 1988-1990: Board of Governors, Maryland State Bar Association
  • 1988-1998: Advisor, ALI Restatement of Law Third-The Law Governing Lawyers
  • 1986–Present: Advisory Committee, University of Baltimore Graduate Tax Program
  • 1984-1990: Section Council, Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • 1985-1987: Section Council, Federal Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • 1982-1983: Chair, Taxation Section
  • 1981-1987: Member and Chair, Procedure Subcommittee, Commission to Revise the Annotated Code of Maryland, (Tax Provisions)
  • 1978-1981: Member, Advisory Commission to the Maryland State Department of Economic and Community Development[1]


  • 2002: 1st Annual Tax Excellence Award, Maryland State Bar Assn. Tax Section
  • 1998: Maryland's Top 100 Women for 1998
  • 1995: ABA Tax Section's Distinguished Service Award
  • 1991-1998: Best Lawyers in America
  • 1982-1983: MSBA Distinguished Service Award[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Tax Court biography of L. Paige Marvel from the Internet Archive.
  2. ^ "President Obama Nominates L. Paige Marvel to the United States Tax Court". US White House, Office of the Press Secretary. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. ^ Shreve, Meg (February 2014). "FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVES ASHFORD AND MARVEL FOR TAX COURT". Tax Notes Today. 2014 TNT 25-5.
  5. ^ "United States Tax Court: Press Releases". www.ustaxcourt.gov. Retrieved 2017-02-15.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.ustaxcourt.gov/judges/marvel.htm".

Legal offices
Preceded by
Lawrence Wright
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Judge of the United States Tax Court
Preceded by
Michael B. Thornton
Chief Judge of the United States Tax Court
Succeeded by
Maurice B. Foley