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David A. Littell

David A. Littell


Faculty Member David Littell Landscape Photo

Professor Emeritus of Taxation 

Former Joseph E. Boettner Chair in Research 

Areas of Expertise:

Employee Benefits, Life Insurance Products, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Qualified Plans, Retirement Planning, Social Security, Taxation

BA, Northwestern University
JD, Boston University School of Law


David A. Littell, JD, ChFC®, is the former Joseph E. Boettner Chair in Research at The American College of Financial Services where he teaches and develops courses and textbooks for both graduate and certificate programs dealing with planning for retirement needs and understanding the older client. He is the co-creator of the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®) designation and coordinates its course curriculum. He also designs original research projects and interacts with media to promote industry and consumer articles on retirement income planning.

Professor Littell speaks regularly to financial advisors on the topics of pensions, retirement planning, and working with older clients. He also co-authored several books associated with The College’s courses, including Planning for Retirement Needs, Financial Decision Making at Retirement, and The Practitioner's Guide to Advanced Pension Topics. He has published numerous articles for such periodicals as the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, FOCUS, Compensation and Benefits Management, and Benefits Quarterly. In 1997, Professor Littell won an Article Award from the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) Board of Standards. He also has served on several CFP® item-writing committees for the CFP® Board of Examiners.

Professor Littell received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from Northwestern University and earned a Juris Doctorate at the Boston University School of Law. He also received the Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®) designation from The American College of Financial Services.