Christopher R. Cocozza, C.P.A., J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Business, Division Head
Dr. Cocozza is an attorney with a JD from Fordham University School of Law and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. He has a BS in accounting from Fordham University College of Business Administration and is a licensed CPA in Maryland.
He has been a DeSales University faculty member for over 16 years and department chair/division head for 10 years. He teaches Federal Income Taxation, Federal Tax Planning, Regulation, The Legal Environment of Business, and Business Law at the undergraduate level. He teaches Accounting for Decision Makers, Financial and Managerial Accounting, and Federal Income Taxation in the MBA program. He has several years of industry experience in the area of taxation at Deloitte and Touché and the Lexis Publishing Group.
He has published papers in the areas of taxation and retirement planning in America, The Pennsylvania CPA Journal, and The Journal of Financial Planning. He is an academic editor of the Becker CPA Review Regulation textbook where he edits content material regarding individual, corporate, partnership, trust, and estate taxation. He has presented numerous papers in the area of taxation. He has also been awarded numerous grants based upon the innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Dr. Cocozza is the mentor of the Accounting and Finance Club and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. During the past 12 years, the Accounting and Finance Club has taken several educational trips to business-related organizations including Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the New York Stock Exchange.
The VITA Program has been recognized by the IRS and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the volunteer work it has done; and, the program has been featured in The Morning Call, on ServiceElectric News, on radio station WAEB, and on Lehigh Valley PBS. During the past 12 years, business students have completed over 2,500 tax returns for more than 1,500 Lehigh Valley taxpayers. These services have resulted in taxpayer compliance savings of over $125,000 and have provided students with invaluable life experience.
Professor Cocozza is happily married to his wife, Danielle, and they have three wonderful children, Lauren, Kristen, and Michael.