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Elaine Waterhouse Wilson

Elaine Wilson

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. She 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 teaches the first-year course in contracts. In 2014, the graduating class elected her Professor of the Year.

Wilson is chair of the American Bar Association’s Charitable Planning and Exempt Organization Group of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, and a member of the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Tax Institute.

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.


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