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Martin D. Ginsburg
Born June 10, 1932 (1932-06-10) (age 77)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Fields Taxation law
Institutions Georgetown University Law Center
Alma mater Harvard Law School
Cornell University
Influenced David Schizer
Notable awards 2006 American Bar Association Tax Section's Distinguished Service Award
Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel
Honoree, Martin D. Ginsburg Chair at GULC
SNYU, Outstand Achiev Awd
Martin Abzug Good Guy Awd
1996 Marshall-Wythe Medallion, Coll. of William and Mary Sch. Law

Martin David Ginsburg (born June 10, 1932 in New York City, U.S.) is an internationally renowned taxation law expert. He is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is of counsel to the firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Ginsburg was born to Morris and Evelyn (Bayer) Ginsburg and grew up on Long Island. His father was a department store executive.[4] He earned an A.B. from Cornell University (1953) and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School (1958).[2] He was a star on Cornell's golf team.[4][3] He finished a year at law school, married Ruth (after she finished at Cornell), and was drafted (1954). He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.[5] He expolited his undergraduate training in chemistry, to learn to cook— his new bride's limited culinary skills encouraged it.[6] He returned to law school and his wife entered HLS (1956). During his third year at law school, he endured two operations and radiation therapy to treat testicular cancer.[7] After law school, he joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (1958). He was admitted to the bar in New York (1959) and District of Columbia (1980).[2]

He taught at New York University Law School (1960s),[3] and was a visiting professor Stanford Law School (1977–1978),[1], Harvard Law School (1985–1986), University of Chicago Law School (1989–1990), and at NYU (1992–1993).[8] He was a tenured professor at Columbia Law School (Beekman Professor of Law) (1979–1980), and at Georgetown (1980–).[1][9]

Ginsburg's firm represented H. Ross Perot in a business matter, and the two men became friends (1971). After President Jimmy Carter nominated his wife to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (1980), Ginsburg reached out to Perot and other influential friends to assure her Senate confirmation.[1] Ginsburg resolved complex tax questions that threatened General Motors's acquisition (1984) of Perot's Electronic Data Systems. Perot endowed (1986) the Martin Ginsburg chair in taxation at Georgetown Law Center, but Ginsburg has yet to fill that appointment.[1][9]

Ginsburg married future Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader June 23, 1954; they are the parents of Jane Carol Ginsburg (born 1955, HLS 1980), and James Steven Ginsburg (born 1965).

Once each term, he cooks a meal for his wife's clerks.[10]



  1. ^ a b c d e Stephen Labaton (June 17, 1993). "The Man Behind the High Court Nominee". New York Times: p. A1. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  2. ^ a b c "Martin David Ginsburg." Marquis Who's Who TM. Marquis Who's Who, 2009. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-09-30. Document Number: K2014612855.
  3. ^ a b c Pamela F. Olson (May 5, 2006). "2006 Distinguished Service Award Recipient: Professor Martin D. Ginsburg" (PDF). American Bar Association. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  4. ^ a b Strebeigh, Fred (2009). Equal: Women Reshape American Law (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 9780393065558. Retrieved 2009-10-01.   LCCN 2008-044463
  5. ^ Hensley, Thomas R.; Kathleen Hale, Carl Snook (2006). The Rehnquist court: justices, rulings, and legacy. ABC-CLIO Supreme Court handbooks (hardcover ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. p. 92. ISBN 1576072002. Retrieved 2009-10-01.   LCCN 2006-011011
  6. ^ Mathews, Jay (June 19, 1993). "The Spouse Of Ruth; Marty Ginsburg, the Pre-Feminism Feminist" (fee). The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-01. "One evening in late 1954 at the married officers' quarters at Fort Sill, Okla., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a complex young woman with large ambitions, placed a lumpy mass of tortured protein on a plate in front of the person she had recently married, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Martin D. Ginsburg. Ginsburg was a very inquisitive man and had studied chemistry at Cornell University. He ignored the usual advice to bridegrooms in such situations and asked the question: "What is it?" "It's tuna fish casserole," his wife said."  
  7. ^ Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 31, 2004). "THE CHANGING COMPLEXION OF HARVARD LAW SCHOOL" (PDF). Harvard Women’s Law Journal (President and Fellows of Harvard College) 27: 306. Retrieved 2009-09-30.  
  8. ^ "Sequence 2536 (Page 7): Harvard Law School. Harvard Law School catalog. [Cambridge, Mass. : Published by the University, 1970-., Harvard University Library PDS". Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Library. Retrieved 2009-10-01. "Martin D. Ginsburg, A.8., J.D., Visiting Professor of Law (Spring Term 1985-86)"  
  9. ^ a b "Martin D. Ginsburg." Directory of American Scholars, 10th ed. Gale Group, 2002. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale, 2009. Fee via Fairfax County Public Library, accessed 2009-09-30. Document Number: K1612531251
  10. ^ Christopher R. Benson (2007). Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal (Harvard Law School) 23: 42. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  

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