Faculty of Accounting, Taxation, and Law

The tax faculty provides a balance between theory and practice. They bring outstanding academic credentials, superior research and publication records, and strong professional backgrounds to the classroom. All full-time tax faculty hold law degrees and some are also CPAs. Most have LL.M. in taxation. They are professionally active within the field by being members of various legal and accounting associations. The faculty actively publishes in academic and professional journals. Several faculty members have also authored books. The full-time faculty is complemented with outstanding practitioners as lecturers. The following full-time faculty teaches the majority of the tax courses.

Full-Time Faculty

Frank L. Brunetti, J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Taxation and Law
E-Mail: Brunetti@fdu.edu

Dr. Brunetti is a full time Professor in the MS Tax Program since 1981. Dr. Brunetti teaches a wide range of tax courses including Tax Accounting, Individual and Corporate Taxation and Research. Currently Dr. Brunetti is working on the Accounting Method and Periods portion of the Commerce Clearing House electronic publication entitled “CCH Solutions Tax and Business Advisory Library.” Recent publications include: Accounting Methods and Periods. This book was written for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for their national tax education and certification program.

A regular lecturer on a variety of tax subjects, his articles have appeared in such publications as The Estate Planning, the Journal of Accountancy, Tax Management Real Estate Journal, and the Real Estate Tax Digest.

Dr.Brunetti earned his BA at Rutgers University (1970), J.D. at Duquesne Law School (1973), and an LL.M. at New York University (Taxation 1977).

John H. Skarbnik, J.D., LL.M., CPA
Professor of Taxation and Law
E-mail: Skarbnik@fdu.edu

Professor Skarbnik has taught almost exclusively in the MS in Taxation Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University since 1998. He has taught over 14 different MS in Taxation courses including Partnership Taxation, Corporate Tax I and II, Advanced Federal Tax I and II, Tax Practice and Procedure I and II, Research, Estate and Gift Taxation, and Estate and Gift Planning. In 2000, Professor Skarbnik was promoted to the senior faculty rank of Professor.

Since 1979, Professor Skarbnik has been a member of the New Jersey Bar. In 1988, he was admitted to the New York Bar. He also has been a New Jersey Certified Public Accountant since 1982.

Professor Skarbnik has published over 28 articles published in a number of nationally, recognized, tax journals. He also co-authored Rapkin and Johnson’s Current Legal Forms with Tax Analysis, Volume 6A, Chapter 16, Corporation Reorganizations and Liquidations, (Matthew Bender & Company, May, 1996). Professor Skarbnik frequently speaks before professional organizations on a variety of tax related subjects.

Ron West, CPA, J.D., LL.M., CFP (r)
Professor of Taxation, Director MS In Taxation
E-Mail: West@fdu.edu

Professor West is a full-time faculty member at FDU since 1997. He holds an LL.M. in taxation from NYU Law School, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he served as an editor on the Vanderbilt Law Review, and is also a CPA and CFP. He is a member of the NY, NJ, and CT bars (inactive status), and is admitted to practice before the Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor West’s professional background includes employment with the wall street law firm of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, and American Express Tax Services (formerly GGK and then McGladrey). His tax articles have appeared in The CPA Journal, Journal of Accountancy, Practical Tax Strategies, The Tax Adviser, Taxation for Accountants, Tax Strategies, Tax Ideas, and The Tax Magazine.

At FDU, Professor West has taught a variety of tax courses, including, Practice and Procedure, Taxation of S Corporations, Adv. Federal Tax, Adv. Corp. Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Deferred Compensation, Estate & Gift and Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates. In 2000, Professor West was bestowed The Teacher of the Year Award in the Silberman College of Business.