Jonathan Forman

  • Kenneth E. McAfee Centennial Chair in Law


B.A., Northwestern University, 1973

M.A., Psychology, University of Iowa, 1975

J.D., University of Michigan, 1978

M.A., Economics, George Washington University, 1983


Professor Jonathan B. Forman teaches individual income tax, corporate tax, pension law, nonprofit organizations, and tax procedure.

Prior to joining OU in 1985, Professor Forman was an attorney and editor of Tax Notes in Arlington, VA. He began his law career in 1978 as a law clerk for Judge Robert J. Yock of the U.S. Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.

From 1979 to 1983, he served as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1983-84, he was tax counsel for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

Professor Forman is the author of Making America Work (Urban Institute Press, 2006), and he has more than 300 other publications. In addition to his many scholarly publications, Professor Forman has published op-eds in Barron's, the Dallas Morning News, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Washington Times, the Daily Oklahoman, Pensions & Investments, the Journal Record newspaper of Oklahoma City and Tax Notes.

Professor Forman was the Professor in Residence in the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel for the 2009-2010 academic year, he was a founding member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (2001-2003), and he was a delegate to the 1998 and 2002 National Summits on Retirement Savings. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. Department of Labor's Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans, and the Oklahoma Legislature. He also served as a member of the board of trustees of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) from 2003-2011.

Professor Forman was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1978. He is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, a fellows program associate of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a fellow of the TIAA Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is also active in the American Bar Association, the National Tax Association, and the Association of American Law Schools, and served as a member of the board of trustees of the American Tax Policy Institute from 1998-2003. Professor Forman was the Alfred P. Murrah Professor of Law from 2005-2018.

Additional Information


Removing the Legal Impediments to Offering Lifetime Annuities in Pension Plans


Survivor Funds


Michael J. Sabin

Making the Internal Revenue Service Work


Roberta F. Mann

Tontine Pensions


Michael J. Sabin

Supporting the Oldest Old:  The Role of Social Insurance, Pensions, and Financial Products


Making America Work


Urban Institute Press

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Courses Taught


  • Business Tax 6820
  • Individual Income Tax 5463
  • Nonprofit Organizations 6100
  • Pension and Health Care Benefits 6830
  • Tax Practice and Procedure 6840

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

American College of Tax Counsel

American College of Employee Benefits Counsel  

Employee Benefit Research Institute

TIAA Institute

National Academy of Social Insurance

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