Edward A. Liva

Professor of Practice and Faculty Director of the Graduate Tax Program


Ed Liva is the Director of Villanova’s Graduate Tax Program, and Professor of Practice at Villanova Law School. In his role as Director, Ed 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.

Prior to his current role, Ed was a partner at KPMG and recently retired following a 38-year career in the industry.  Ed began his career with Arthur Andersen in Chicago in 1977, and transferred to its Philadelphia office in 1991.  In 2002, Ed joined KPMG and led its Philadelphia Real Estate Tax practice, and was subsequently named KPMG’s national Tax industry leader, serving in that role since 2003.  Ed also served as the Partner in Charge of the Philadelphia Tax practice from 2005 through 2011, and transferred to KPMG’s New York office in 2011 to lead their Northeast Real Estate Tax practice.

Ed has been a frequent speaker, panelist and presenter of current real estate industry topics, and served as an adjunct professor in Villanova’s Graduate Tax program for more than 20 years, teaching federal taxation of real estate transactions.


  • BS BA 1977 John Carroll University
  • JD 1983 DePaul University College of Law
  • LLM in Taxation 1994 Temple University School of Law

Courses and Seminars

  • Taxation of Real Estate Transactions
  • Tax Planning for Real Estate Development

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