Professor Wright has earned a Master of Public Policy, with a concentration in international finance, from Harvard’s Kennedy School, a Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland.
Before beginning his academic career in 2010, Professor Wright worked for Steptoe & Johnson, LLP in Washington, DC, representing institutions and individuals in both civil tax controversies and criminal tax matters, as well as assisting businesses structure operations and raise capital. Prior to joining Steptoe, Professor Wright served at a Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). While at DOJ, Professor Wright lead trial teams throughout the county prosecuting tax, as well as other white collar defendants, and was appointed to serve on the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.
Before joining DOJ, Professor Wright worked with Bank of America, structuring tax-advantaged derivative products, and with Skadden Arps, et al., drafting tax opinions and representing banking institutions.
Areas of Practice
- Federal Tax & Tax Controversy
- Business Structuring and Finance
- Financial and Securities Regulation
- White Collar Crime
United States v. May
Served as second chair in a one-defendant, six-week tax fraud trial in Dayton, Ohio.
United States v. Vasilakos, et al.
Served as second chair in a four-defendant, five-week conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering trial in Columbus, Ohio.
Three of four defendants convicted.
United States v. Daulton
Served as first chair in a one-defendant, two-week tax fraud trial in Cincinnati, Ohio. Defendant convicted.
Drafted portion of Government’s response to defendant’s unsuccessful appeal of his conviction to the Sixth Circuit.
United States v. Pender
Served as second chair in a one-defendant, one-week drug distribution trial in Maryland. Defendant convicted.
United States v. Mozee
Served as second chair in a one-defendant, one-week bank fraud trial in Maryland.
United States v. Hall and Handy
Served as second chair in third retrial of two defendants in connection with a cross-country drug distribution scheme. Defendants were convicted after a two-week trial on various drug and conspiracy charges in Maryland.
United States v. Ray
Served as first chair in a one-defendant, two-week drug distribution trial in Maryland. Defendant convicted.
- U.S. Tax Court
- District of Columbia Bar
- Massachusetts Bar (retired)
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Master in Public Policy, 1997. Harvard University: The John F. Kennedy School of Government
- Juris Doctor, 1996. University of Chicago: The Law School
- Bachelor of Science, 1992. University of Maryland