Andrew Blair-Stanek

Professor of Law




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  • AB, summa cum laude, 2000, Princeton University
  • JD, 2008, Yale Law School


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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 UM Carey 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 Ph.D. in computer science at Johns Hopkins University.


Shelter Check: Proactively Finding Tax Minimization Strategies via AI, 177 Tax Notes Federal, Dec. 12, 2022, at 1515 (with Nils Holzenberger & Benjamin Van Durme). Read Full Text.

Improved Induction of Narrative Chains via Cross-Document Relations, Proceedings of the 11th Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics 208 (2022) (with Benjamin Van Durme) Read Full Text.

AI for Tax Analogies and Code Renumbering, 170 Tax Notes Federal, Mar. 29, 2021, at 1997 (with Benjamin Van Durme). Demo available at Read Full Text.

Contractual Tax Reform, 61 William & Mary Law Review 1537 (2020) (with Michael Abramowicz). Read Full Text.

How the IRS Should Fight the COVID-19 Economic Crisis, Tax Notes Federal, Mar. 30, 2020, at 2067. Read Full Text.

A Dataset for Statutory Reasoning in Tax Law Entailment and Question Answering, Proceedings of the 2020 Natural Legal Language Processing (NLLP) Workshop (2020) (with Nils Holzenberger and Benjamin Van Durme). Read Full Text.

Crises and Tax, 67 Duke Law Journal 1155 (2018). Read Full Text.

Explaining the Enigmatic Expulsion: Northwest Wholesale v. Pacific Stationery, 53 Willamette Law Review 335 (2017). Read Full Text.

Just Compensation as Transfer Prices, 58 Arizona Law Review 1077 (2016). Read Full Text.

Intellectual Property Law Solutions to Tax Avoidance, 62 UCLA Law Review 2 (2015). Read Full Text.

Tax in the Cathedral: Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Tax, 99 Virginia Law Review 1169 (2013). Read Full Text.

Twombly is the Logical Extension of the Mathews v. Eldridge Test to Discovery, 62 Florida Law Review 1 (2010). Read Full Text.

Increased Market Power as a New Secondary Consideration in Patent Law, 58 American University Law Review 707 (2009). Read Full Text.

Note, Profits as Commercial Success, 117 Yale Law Journal 642 (2008). Read Full Text.

Note, Using Insurance Law and Policy to Interpret the Tax Code’s Loss and Medical Expense Provisions, 26 Yale Law & Policy Review 309 (2007). Read Full Text.