About the Faculty Director

Ed Liva, Director of the Graduate Tax Program

The Graduate Tax Program benefits from the leadership of its Faculty Director, Ed Liva. Liva joins the program full-time following his retirement from KPMG, where he most recently served as national Real Estate Industry Tax leader, as well as the leader of the Federal Tax Passthrough Services Group and New York Real Estate Tax Practice. He has served as an adjunct professor in Villanova’s Graduate Tax program for more than 20 years, teaching federal taxation of real estate transactions.

In his role, Liva oversees the University’s nationally-recognized graduate tax program, which is offered both on-campus and online. The cross-disciplinary program—designed for lawyers, accountants and business professionals—is developed and managed by the Villanova University School of Law in conjunction with the Villanova School of Business.

Liva recently retired from KPMG—where he served as the national Real Estate Industry Tax leader since 2003—culminating a 38-year career in the industry. He transferred to New York in 2011 to lead the New York Real Estate Tax practice and the Passthrough Services group within KPMG’s Federal Tax practice.

Previously, Liva led the Philadelphia office’s Real Estate Tax practice and served as the Partner-in-Charge of the Philadelphia Tax practice from 2005 through 2011. He has been a frequent speaker, panelist and presenter of current taxation and real estate industry topics.

Liva began his career with Arthur Andersen in Chicago in 1977, transferring to its Philadelphia office in 1991. He joined KPMG in 2002. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Carroll University, a JD from DePaul University College of Law and an LLM in Taxation from Temple Law School.

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