Saint Louis University
Henry M. Ordower
Scott Hall 902


A.B., Washington University, 1967
M.A., University of Chicago, 1970
J.D., University of Chicago School of Law, 1975
Ph.D., Comprehensive Examinations, University of Chicago, 1971


Corporate Finance
Federal Income Tax
Financial Regulations
International Business Transactions
International Law
Law and Literature
Legal Ethics
Securities Law


Corporate Taxation
Partnership Taxation
Fiduciary Taxation
Corporate Finance
Business Associations
Seminar on Law and Literature
Seminar on Taxation
Henry M. Ordower

Professor Henry M. Ordower joined SLU LAW in 1977 after two years of large firm practice emphasizing corporate and real estate transactions and tax law. In his more than 30 years of teaching and scholarship, Prof. Ordower has established himself as an expert in analyzing complex statutes and structuring business transactions for economic and tax efficiency.

He has published articles in domestic and international publications on developments and complexities in U.S. taxation, estate planning, compensation deferral, trusts, and hedge funds. He lectures frequently both at home and abroad, including Germany, Scandinavia, France, China, South Africa, China and South Korea. He has traveled to approximately 120 countries, is fluent in German and Swedish, and reads eight other languages.

Professor Ordower’s recent scholarship explores mutual assistance in tax matters under tax treaties and the role of hedge funds, private equity funds and sovereign wealth funds in the financial markets. Currently, he is exploring cultural factors that contribute to tax avoidance and evasion.

For the past seven years, Professor Ordower has co-directed the wide ranging activities of the Center for International and Comparative Law. He has forged a number of international institutional relationships and worked with numerous foreign scholars, many of whom have enriched the opportunities for SLU LAW students and faculty during visits to St. Louis.

Prof. Ordower maintains an active practice in the private sector, focusing on the the tax and economically efficient structuring of corporate and partnership transactions, investment pools and estate plans. Ordower also regularly serves as an expert witness on matters of taxation and business entity structures.