A Professor of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, Robert Danforth is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, North Carolina, and Virginia. His extensive experience has included the following: summer associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C., Summer 1985; summer associate, Hunton & Williams, Raleigh, N.C., and King & Spalding, Atlanta, Summer 1986; law clerk to Judge Stephanie K. Seymour, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1986-87; Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law, Fall 1986; associate, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C., 1987-91; associate, 1992-97, Of Counsel, 1997, McGuireWoods, Woods, Battle & Boothe, L.L.P., Charlottesville and Tysons Corner, Va.; Lecturer, University of Virginia School of Law, 1995-97; Assistant Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 1997-2002; Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 2002-2006; Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University, 2006 - 2017; John Lucian Smith, Jr., Memorial Professor of Law, 2017-present; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 2007-2012; Visiting Professor of Law, College of William & Mary, 2004; Law Alumni Association Fellow in Teaching Excellence, Washington & Lee University, 2004-2005; Alumni Faculty Fellow, 2005-2006.
Professor Danforth’s areas of expertise include: Asset Protection Planning; Decedents' Estates; Estate and Gift Taxation; Estate Planning; Fiduciary Duties and Misconduct; Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates; Individual Income Tax, Trusts and Estates.
J.D., Duke University (1986) with high honors
B.A. Washington University (1980)
Bloomberg Tax Management Portfolios
This Portfolio studies the federal estate, gift, and income taxation of concurrent ownership interests in property with respect to which there is a right of survivorship.
This Portfolio describes and analyzes the creation and use of revocable trusts for various estate planning benefits.
Grantor Trusts: Income Taxation Under Subpart E, examines the taxation of grantors and third parties deemed to own the assets of a trust under §§671-679.