Andrew Blair-Stanek’s research and teaching interest is tax law. He draws from non-tax scholarship to improve tax law. His focus is developing artificial intelligence tools to extract computer-usable meaning from the tax code, treasury regulations, IRS rulings, and tax case law – with the ultimate goal of allowing the IRS to automatically identify possible tax avoidance.
Prior to joining the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law faculty, Professor Blair-Stanek practiced tax law at McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP in Washington, DC. His practice included bankruptcy taxation, intellectual property transactions, cross-border mergers, international tax planning, and real estate investment trust formation. Prior to practice, he clerked in Baltimore for the Hon. Paul V. Niemeyer, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Professor Blair-Stanek received his undergraduate degree in mathematics, summa cum laude, from Princeton University, and his JD from Yale Law School, where he was on the Yale Law Journal. Before attending law school, he worked as a software design engineer for Microsoft Corporation and is the inventor of U.S. Patents 7,617,204 and 7,580,951. He is currently pursuing a PhD in computer science at Johns Hopkins University.