B.A. Business Administration, University of Washington, 1991
JD, magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 1998
LL.M. Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2000

Danshera Cords is a Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School. She primarily teaches and writes in the areas of Federal tax, tax policy, and business law. Her writing focuses on tax procedure, tax law and social justice, and disaster relief. Among the courses that Professor Cords has also are income taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, estate and gift tax, tax policy and social justice, civil procedure, business organizations, and Chinese law.

Professor Cords has been teaching since 2002. Before joining the Albany Law School faculty in 2010, she was a Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. At Capital, she also served as the Academic Director of the Graduate Tax and Business program from 2005-2008.

Professor Cords' regularly speaks on issues of tax and business law at law schools and conferences around the U.S. and in China. Beginning in the fall of 2013 she received an appointment as Distinguished Foreign Professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in China, a program sponsored by Shanghai Education Committee. She was an invited visiting scholar at the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing in 2016. She has also served as a visiting professor at Seattle University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

From 2000-2002, Professor Cords was an attorney-advisor to the Hon. Maurice B. Foley of the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C.

In the News

Professor of Law Danshera Cords was featured in the WPIX-11 TV story, “NY AG James goes after Donald Trump, children,” on September 23, 2022.

​Professor Danshera Cords was quoted in the Weekly Journal (Puerto Rico) article "How the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Charitable Giving" on August 7, 2019.

​Professor Danshera Cords was quoted in the City & State article "Why hasn't New York charged Donald Trump for tax fraud?" on May 9, 2019.

Professor Danshera Cords was quoted in The Hill article "Legal obstacles to pursuing tax charges against Trump family" on October 5, 2018.

Professor Danshera Cords was quoted in the USA Today article "New York could levy hefty penalties if Trump tax fraud is proven" on October 3, 2018.

Professor Danshera Cords was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA article "Meet New Tax Court Judges: Elizabeth Copeland and Patrick Urda" on September 25, 2018.

Professor Danshera Cords joined "The Capitol Pressroom" on June 6, 2018, to discuss New York's workarounds to the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, the IRS' response, and what it could mean for taxpayers.

Selected Achievements

Professor Danshera Cords was named Foreign Distinguished Professor by the Shanghai Education Committee for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Danshera Cords

Danshera Cords,

Distinguished Professor of Law; Director, Financial Compliance and Risk Management Program

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