James E. & Betty M. Phillips Professor of Law, Louisiana State University

Philip Hackney is the James E. & Betty M. Phillips Professor of Law at LSU Law Center. Professor Hackney teaches classes such as federal income tax, partnership taxation, and nonprofit organizations. He writes and speaks widely about tax law with a particular focus on nonprofit organizations and their tax obligations. Professor Hackney served as Senior Technician Reviewer in Exempt Organizations at the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington DC, where he worked on drafting IRS regulations, advising the TEGE commissioner, and litigating exempt organization tax issues.

Professor Hackney obtained his J.D. at LSU Law in 2001. While in law school, he served as the Executive Senior Editor of the LSU Law Review and graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif. From 1992 – 1999, he owned and operated a used and rare bookstore and coffee shop in Baton Rouge.

Professor Hackney started his legal career as a law clerk to the late Honorable Henry A. Politz on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He joined Baker Botts LLP in Houston, TX in 2002 as a corporate associate working on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings, public company corporate compliance, and investigations into accounting irregularities. In 2006, he obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and joined the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in its Exempt Organizations branch of its Tax Exempt Government Entities division that same year.


  • 2014–present
    Associate Professor of Law, LSU Law Center
  • 2011–2014
    Assistant Professor, LSU Law Center