Thomas D. Griffith

John B. Milliken Professor Emeritus of Law and Taxation
Last Updated: September 28, 2023

Thomas D. Griffith is the John B. Milliken Professor Emeritus of Law and Taxation. He specializes in studies of income tax and in criminal law. He has taught Contracts, Corporate Taxation, Criminal Law, Topics in Criminology and Federal Income Taxation.

Griffith is the author of Federal Income Tax: Examples and Explanations (with Joseph Bankman and Katherine Pratt, Aspen Law & Business, 2002); “Gangs, Schools and Stereotypes” (with Linda S. Beres, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, 2004); and “Progressive Taxation and Happiness” (“The State of Federal Income Tax Symposium: Rates, Progressivitiy, and Budget Processes,” Boston College Law Review, 2004).

A magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Griffith was an editor on the Harvard Law Review and was an associate at Hill & Barlow in Boston, MA, before joining the USC Gould School of Law faculty in 1984. He also taught at New York University. He is a past subcommittee chair of the American Bar Association Committee of Problems of Low Income Taxpayers and lecturer at the USC Tax Institute. In 2009, Griffith received the William A. Rutter Distinguished Teaching Award.