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Henry M. Ordower, J.D.

Center for International and Comparative Law

Courses Taught

Corporate Finance, Business Entities Taxation, Corporate Taxation, International Taxation, Partnership Taxation, Seminar: Blockchain and Cryptocurrency, Taxation


A.B., Washington University, 1967
M.A., University of Chicago, 1970
A.B.D., Comprehensive Examinations, University of Chicago, 1971
J.D., University of Chicago School of Law, 1975

Practice Areas

  • Corporate Finance
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Financial Regulations
  • International Business Transactions
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation

Research Interests

Recent research has addressed issues of tax distribution and its role in the growing disparity between wealthy and less wealthy individuals.

Publications and Media Placements

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Block Rewards, Carried Interests, and Other Valuation Quandaries in Taxing Compensation, 175 Tax Notes Federal 1551 (June 6, 2022) and 104 Tax Notes State 989 (June 6, 2022)

Honors and Awards

Beaumont Grant for research on Unbundling Social Security from its Anachronistic Payroll Tax Funding Mechanism (2022).

President’s Research Fund Grant for Cross-disciplinary research with Onesimo Sandoval (Sociology and Anthropology), and Kenneth Warren (Political Science): Municipal Courts: Role as Revenue Source and Discriminatory Impact

Thompson Coburn Faculty Scholarship Award 1993, 2003, 2018, honorable mention 2020

Professional Organizations and Associations

Ordower has been elected to membership in the American College of Tax Counsel, the European Association of Tax Law Professors, and the International Academy of Comparative Law.

Community Work and Service

Henry Ordower is professor of law and past co-director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and director of the Berlin Summer Program at Saint Louis University School of Law. In addition to research and teaching in United States and comparative taxation and corporate finance, Ordower has maintained an active consulting practice advising in tax planning, hedge and private equity funds, and business structure, as well as providing expert testimony on taxation and business organizations in complex litigation matters.

During leaves of absence from teaching, Ordower has been of counsel to major St. Louis law firms and served as vice president and general counsel of an emerging markets hedge and private equity fund management company based in New York. Ordower has an extensive background in European Languages, including several years of Ph.D. work in Germanic and Scandinavian Languages at The University of Chicago. An avid traveler, Ordower has lectured and participated in international legal conferences in Europe, Asia, and Africa, as well as North America and has visited well over 100 countries.