ALUMNI PROFILE: The Honorable Elizabeth Crewson Paris

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

by Roy Tucker (JD ’03)

After eight years of service as Tax Counsel for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Elizabeth Crewson Paris (BS ’80, JD ’87) had already established herself as one of Washington D.C.’s authorities on the tax code. Therefore, it came as no surprise when she received praise from both sides of the aisle as she was nominated in 2008 by President George W. Bush to fill a seat on the U.S. Tax Court.

Paris was confirmed on August 1, 2008. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), one of many senators speaking in favor of Paris’s nomination, said of her, “There is a great deal of clarity and intelligence in what Elizabeth does, so she has brought great talent to the Senate Finance Committee that benefitted many people, and probably without most of these people even realizing it.” 

Paris received both her bachelor’s degree in political science and her JD from TU, graduating in 1980 and 1987, respectively. She went on to receive her LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver in 1993. She is a member of the Oklahoma and Colorado Bar Associations, as well as the American Bar Association.  

Before becoming Tax Counsel with the Senate Finance Committee, Paris worked as a tax partner with the national law firm of Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren, Norris & Rieselbach in Denver. Prior to that, Paris was a partner in the estate planning firm of Brumley Bishop & Paris in Tulsa and taught at the TU College of Law as an adjunct professor.

She was selected in 2000 to serve as Tax Counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. She served as lead tax counsel on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax reform provisions for the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001; the Victims of Terrorism Tax Relief Act of 2001; the Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2002; the Small Business and Farm Recovery Act of 2002; the Energy Tax Incentives Act of 2003; the Energy Policy Act of 2003; the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit Act of 2003; and the Highway Reauthorization and Excise Tax Simplification Act of 2004. Paris served on the tax counsel team on the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003; the CARE Act of 2003; and the Jumpstart our Business Strength Act of 2004.

Of her nomination by President Bush and her later confirmation, Paris said, "It was an amazing honor to be nominated by the president and now to be confirmed by the United States Senate. I greatly appreciate this opportunity to continue my government service."

Jimmy Hart