Brant J. Hellwig Professor of Law

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Area of Expertise

Federal Taxation, Trusts and Estates, Partnership and Corporate Tax


BA, 1994, Wake Forest University

JD, 1997, Wake Forest University

LLM, 2000, New York University


Brant J. Hellwig is an expert in the field of federal taxation. He is serving currently as faculty director of the graduate tax program at NYU.

Hellwig teaches a variety of tax courses, including Federal Income Taxation of Individuals, Partnership Taxation, Corporate Taxation, and Estate and Gift Taxation. His scholarship in the tax field is similarly varied, ranging from the income tax treatment of deferred compensation arrangements of corporate executives to the estate tax treatment of closely held business entities employed as trust substitutes. In addition to his law review articles, Prof. Hellwig recently published a coursebook in Federal Estate and Gift Taxation with his W&L Law colleague Prof. Robert Danforth. In addition to his interest in federal taxation, Prof. Hellwig frequently teaches the state law Trusts and Estates course.

Prof. Hellwig joined the W&L Law School faculty in 2012. Prior to that, he served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law for 10 years. Prof. Hellwig began his academic career in 2001 as an Acting Assistant Professor in the NYU Graduate Tax Program. Prior to that, Prof. Hellwig practiced law with the firm of Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and he served as the Law Clerk to the Hon. Juan F. Vasquez of the United States Tax Court.

Recent Publications


The United States Tax Court - An Historical Analysis (2015)

Understanding Estate and Gift Taxation (Lexis-Nexis 2015) (with Robert Danforth)  

Estate and Gift Taxation (Lexis-Nexis 2d ed. 2013) (including annual cumulative supplements and teacher's manual) (with Robert Danforth)


The Constitutional Nature of the United States Tax Court (Brant J. Hellwig) Virginia Tax Review (2016)

Examining the Tax Advantage of Founders' Stock (Gregg D. Polsky and Brant J. Hellwig) Iowa Law Review (2012)

Taxing Structured Settlements (Brant J. Hellwig and Gregg D. Polsky) Boston College Law Review (2010)

- See Prof. Hellwig's full list of publications at his Scholarly Commons page.