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Elaine Waterhouse Wilson

Elaine Waterhouse Wilson

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law


  • 2016-17 WVU College of Law Faculty Significant Scholarship Award
  • 2015 WVU Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching
  • 2014-15 WVU College of Law Faculty Significant Scholarship Award
  • 2014 WVU College of Law Professor of the Year


B.A., Boston University
J.D., Boston University


Professor Elaine Wilson joined the faculty of the WVU College of Law in 2012 and began serving as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in June 2018.
Wilson heads the College’s tax law curriculum, teaching federal income tax, taxation of business entities, estate and gift taxation, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, she has taught the first-year course in contracts and wealth trusts.

In 2014, the graduating class elected Wilson her Professor of the Year. She is also a two-time recipient of the Faculty Significant Scholarship Award, and a recipient of the WVU Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award.

Wilson is a former chair of the American Bar Association’s Charitable Planning and Exempt Organization Group of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, and the President of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Tax Institute. She regularly speaks on tax issues in West Virginia and around the country.

After graduating from Boston University’s Six-Year Law Program in 1993, she began her career as an associate in the Estates & Personal Department at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. She then moved to Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis, where she made partner in 2002.

In 2007, she joined the Chicago office of Quarles & Brady as a partner in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. In 2009, Wilson was named among the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 To Watch” by Chicago Lawyer Magazine and, in 2012, was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago for Non-Profit/Charities Law by The Best Lawyers in America. While in practice, she was listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2007.

Publications, Research, and Intellectual Contributions

  • Cooperatives: The First Social Enterprise , 66 DePaul L. Rev. (2017)
  • Better Late Than Never: Incorporating LLCs Into Section 4943, Akron Law Review: Vol. 48 : Iss. 3, Article 2. (2015)
  • Is Consistency the Hobgoblin of Little Minds: Co-Investment under Code Sectioin 4941 (Winter 2017 ed., vol. 85, pp. 393). Kansas City, Missouri: Univ. of Missouri - Kansas City. (2017)
  • Bob Jones University v. United States : Commentary. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Tax Opinions. London, England: Cambridge University Press. (in press)
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