Jonathan B. Forman


Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law
B.A., Northwestern University, 1973
M.A., Psychology, University of Iowa, 1975
J.D., University of Michigan, 1978
M.A., Economics, George Washington University, 1983

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Professor Jonathan B. Forman teaches individual income tax, corporate tax, pension and health care benefits, and tax procedure. Professor Forman is also a member of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and a member of the State of Oklahoma’s Incentive Review Committee.

Prior to joining OU in 1985, Professor Forman was an attorney and editor of Tax Notes in Arlington, VA. He began his law career in 1978 as a law clerk for Judge Robert J. Yock of the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.

From 1979 to 1983, he served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1983-84, he was tax counsel for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Professor Forman is the author of Making America Work (offsite, opens in a new window), and he has more than 250 other publications. In addition to his many scholarly publications, Professor Forman has published op-eds in Barron's, the Dallas Morning News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Times, the Daily Oklahoman, Pensions & Investments, the Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City and Tax Notes.

Professor Forman was the Professor in Residence in the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel for the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a founding member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (2001-2003), and he was a delegate to the 1998 and 2002 National Summits on Retirement Savings. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, and the Oklahoma Legislature.

Professor Forman was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1978 and to the Oklahoma Bar in 2003. He is active in the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, and served as a member of the board of trustees of the American Tax Policy Institute from 1998-2003. He is also a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a fellows program associate of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, the National Tax Association, and the American Economic Association.