Michael L. Vinson
“The professors here at Golden Gate University are practitioners. They know how to take the theory and turn it into reality.”
Michael Vinson has held various positions at Golden Gate University since 1987 and is currently a full-time Associate Professor and the Director of the International Tax Certificate Program. Michael was chair of the Faculty Senate and a winner of the School Service Award as voted by the faculty. He is also currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law summer program, a tax litigation consultant and a Tax-Aid Volunteer. Michael has been at the cutting edge in the development and application of alternate dispute resolution techniques to tax controversies. Some of his previous positions include: Vice President of Tax at Hyperion Solutions Corporation, Director of Tax at Altera Corporation, Tax Counsel at Apple Computer, Inc. and an associate at Fenwick & West. Michael holds a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (graduating Order of the Coif) and a LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Michael in one word: Eclectic
Interests & hobbies: Photography & travel
Childhood dream job: Astronaut
Guilty pleasure: Project Runway
Favorite movie: My Cousin Vinnie