About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
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USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
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We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
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Last Updated: August 10, 2021
Megan Jones is a tax attorney in the Los Angeles office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She advises individuals, family offices, investors and companies on domestic and international tax planning. Her practice includes the intersection of income tax, estate and corporate planning. She handles diverse matters for high-net worth individuals, entertainers and companies facing sophisticated challenges.
Previously an investment banker at a global firm with an international focus, Jones has done extensive cross-border work, both from a financial and legal angle. She has also advised start-up companies and their founders, beginning from the foundational stages all the way to a recognition event. Jones understands how to plan in the context of intangible assets or innovative technology. Her grasp of complex financial statements adds a level of sophistication to her practice.
Recent areas of focus have included qualified opportunity zone funds, tax residency issues, artificial intelligence, multi-national business choice of entity and cross border mergers and acquisitions.
She is a lecturer in law at the USC Gould School of Law School, teaching “International Business Transactions,” and is an adjunct faculty at Loyola Law School. She speaks and writes often on tax-related topics and has written three books. An active member in the legal community, she serves in leadership roles, including being on the executive planning committee of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Los Angeles Branch. She is also on the tax executive committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a member of both CalCPA’s estate planning state and Los Angeles planning committees.
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Franita Tolson was interviewed about how federal lawsuits from North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas test the limits of the Voting Rights Act, the boundaries of state government authority, and the ability of voting rights groups to file racial gerrymandering cases. “These doctrines and approaches in these cases fundamentally reset the rules of the game,” she said. “In 2030 we will live in a completely different world than we lived in in 2020, and 2020 was not favorable to minority voters at all.”
"Saltwater Sovereignty: Tribal Marine Management Authority Along the Pacific Coast.” Online Environmental Law Workshop. University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, MD.
“Comment on Choi, Erickson, & Pritchard, ‘Coalitions among Plaintiffs’ Attorneys in Securities Class Actions’,” Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, Virtual, Toronto, ON, Canada.
“Who’s on First? The Mind-Blowing Attempt to Conceptualize Deference in the Midst of Decision Delays and Agency Repeals,” J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Environmental Law Symposium for the George Washington University School of Law, Virtual, Washington, D.C.