Law and Business

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Faculty

  • Barry Adler
    Bernard Petrie Professor of Law and Business;
    Associate Dean for Information Systems and Technology
    Barry Adler has written numerous articles on the application of corporate finance theory to issues of corporate insolvency. These articles suggest that bankruptcy law can be properly understood as an integral part of contract, property, and tort law rather than as a mere supplemental body of law applied after a financial failure. He is currently at work on a book titled The Law of Last Resort, which will elaborate on this theme. Beyond scholarship on bankruptcy, Adler has been published and continues to write in the fields of contract and corporate law. After graduating with honors in 1982 from Cornell University and graduating with honors in 1985 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, Adler clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Adler spent the summer of 1995 as a consultant for the Harvard Institute for International Development. He joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 1996, leaving his position as the Sullivan & Cromwell Research Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, and served as vice dean of NYU Law from 2004 to 2007.
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  • William Allen
    Nusbaum Professor of Law and Business;
    Director, Pollack Center for Law and Business
    William Allen moved to NYU School of Law in 1997, after 12 years as chancellor of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, widely considered the leading trial court in the United States for questions of business and corporation law. At NYU, Allen serves on the Law School faculty and as clinical professor of business in the finance department of the Stern School of Business. He founded NYU’s Pollack Center for Law & Business to serve as a bridge between the students and faculty of the Law School and the Stern School; through the center, he originated the Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business. The author of various articles on corporate law and corporate governance, Allen teaches Corporation Law, Corporate Governance, Law and Business of Investment Banking, and Mergers and Acquisitions. He also organizes a seminar series on law and finance at the Stern School in the Spring. Allen serves as counsel to the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz on questions of corporate law and governance.
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  • Jennifer Arlen
    Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
    Jennifer Arlen ’86 is one of the nation’s leading scholars on corporate liability, medical malpractice, and experimental law and economics. She is a co-founder, director, and past president of the Society of Empirical Legal Studies. She also is secretary/treasurer of the American Law and Economics Association, served on the ALEA Board of Directors (1991-93, 2006-09), and is on the editorial board of the American Law and Economics Review. She currently serves as the associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Law, Compliance, Risk Management, and Enforcement Project. She has been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology, Harvard Law School, and Yale Law School, and was the Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business at USC School of Law before coming to NYU. Arlen received her BA in economics from Harvard College (1982, magna cum laude) and her JD (1986, Order of the Coif) and PhD in economics (1992) from New York University. Arlen clerked for Judge Phyllis Kravitch on the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She teaches Corporations, Business Crime, and the Regulation of Foreign Corrupt Practices.
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  • Ryan Bubb
    Professor of Law
    Ryan Bubb joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2010. He was formerly a senior researcher for the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and a policy analyst at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. He earned a JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in political economy and government from Harvard University. Bubb’s research focuses on regulatory policy, financial institutions, business organizations, and law and economics.
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  • Deborah Burand
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Law
    Deborah Burand writes and lectures on issues related to international finance; microfinance and microfranchise; impact investing; social finance innovations such as social impact bonds; social entrepreneurship; and developing sustainable businesses at the base of the economic pyramid. She was formerly director of the International Transactions Clinic that she cofounded at The University of Michigan Law School in 2008. In 2010-11, Burand took a leave of absence from Michigan Law to serve as general counsel to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the development finance institution of the United States. Prior to joining Michigan Law, she worked in the microfinance sector. Earlier in her career, she was a senior attorney in the international banking section of the Federal Reserve Board’s Legal Division; and then at the US Department of the Treasury where she was first the senior attorney/adviser for international monetary matters, and later the senior adviser for international financial matters. She also practiced law at the global law firm Shearman & Sterling. She is a member of the Bars of New York and the District of Columbia. She earned her BA, cum laude, from DePauw University and a joint graduate degree, JD/MSFS with honors, from Georgetown University.
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  • Emiliano Catan
    Assistant Professor of Law
    Emiliano M. Catan LLM ’10 joined the NYU School of Law faculty in Summer 2014. His research focuses on corporate governance, corporate law, and mergers and acquisitions. Catan earned his first law degree in 2003 from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received the gold medal for earning the highest GPA in his graduating class. In 2007, he also received an MA in economics from the same university. At NYU Law, he earned an LLM in Corporations in 2010 and was awarded the George Colin Award for distinction in corporate law at graduation. He received his PhD in economics from New York University in 2014.
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  • Stephen Choi
    Murray and Kathleen Bring Professor of Law;
    Director, Pollack Center
    Stephen Choi joined the NYU School of Law faculty in 2005. From 1998 to 2005, Choi taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where he was the Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law. Prior to that, he taught as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Law School from 1996 to 1998. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School in 1994—where he served as a legal methods instructor and supervising editor of the Harvard Law Review—and received his PhD in economics from Harvard in 1997. Choi has been a recipient of the Fay Diploma, the Sears Prize, and the Irving Oberman Memorial Award. He has also held John M. Olin, Jacob K. Javits, and Fulbright fellowships. After his graduation from law school, Choi worked as an associate at McKinsey & Company in New York. His research interests focus on the theoretical and empirical analysis of corporations and capital markets. He has published in the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Virginia Law Review, among others, and has presented papers at numerous conferences and symposia.
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  • Kevin Davis
    Vice Dean;
    Beller Family Professor of Business Law
    Kevin Davis teaches courses on contracts, regulation of foreign corrupt practices, secured transactions, and law and development, as well as seminars on financing development and contract theory. His current research is focused on contract law, anticorruption law, and the general relationship between law and economic development. Davis received his BA in economics from McGill University in 1990. After graduating with an LLB from the University of Toronto in 1993, he served as law clerk to Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada and later as an associate in the Toronto office of Torys, a Canadian law firm. After receiving an LLM from Columbia University in 1996, he was appointed an assistant professor at the University of Toronto and in 2001 was promoted to associate professor. Davis has also been a visiting assistant professor at the University of Southern California, a visiting fellow at Cambridge University’s Clare Hall, and a visiting lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Barbados.
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  • Franco Ferrari
    Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration and Commercial Law
    Franco Ferrari, who joined the NYU School of Law faculty in Fall 2010, was most recently a chaired professor of international law at Verona University in Italy. Previously, he was a chaired professor of comparative law at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and the University of Bologna in Italy. After serving as a member of the Italian delegation to various sessions of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) from 1995 to 2000, he was legal officer at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, International Trade Law Branch, from 2000 to 2002, where he was responsible for numerous projects, including the preparation of the UNCITRAL digest on applications of the UN Sales Convention. Ferrari has published more than 280 law review articles in various languages and 17 books in the areas of international commercial law, conflict of laws, comparative law, and international commercial arbitration. Ferrari is a member of the editorial boards of various peer-reviewed European law journals (Internationales Handelsrecht, European Review of Private Law, Contratto e impresa, Contratto e impresa/Europa, and Revue de droit des affaires internationales). Ferrari also acts as an international arbitrator both in international commercial arbitrations and, most recently, investment arbitrations.
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  • Jeanne Fromer
    Professor of Law
    Professor Jeanne Fromer specializes in intellectual property and information law, with particular emphasis on unified theories of copyright and patent law. She is a faculty co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy. In 2011, Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute’s inaugural Young Scholars Medal for her scholarship in intellectual property. Before coming to NYU, Fromer served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the US Supreme Court and to Judge Robert D. Sack of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked at Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale) in the area of intellectual property. Fromer received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, serving as articles and commentaries editor of the Harvard Law Review and as editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Fromer earned her BA summa cum laude in computer science from Barnard College, Columbia University. She received her SM in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research work in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and worked at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in those same areas. Fromer was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and she also previously taught at Fordham Law School. 
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  • Clayton Gillette
    Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law
    Clayton Gillette’s teaching and scholarship concentrate on contracts, commercial law, and local government law. His research concerns issues as varied as local redistribution, contract design, long-term contracts, the political economy of international sales law, standard form contracts, municipal bankruptcy, and relations between localities and their neighbors. He has recently supervised students working on governance structures that increase fiscal stability for the Office of the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit, and has consulted in litigation and arbitrations on subjects ranging from the interpretation of sophisticated financial contracts to defaults on municipal bonds. Before joining the NYU School of Law faculty in 2000, he was the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Amherst College. After law school, he clerked for Judge J. Edward Lumbard of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was associated with the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.
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  • Marcel Kahan
    George T. Lowy Professor of Law
    Marcel Kahan’s main areas of teaching and research are shareholder voting, hedge funds, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and bondholder rights. He has written more than 50 articles for law reviews, finance journals, and professional publications. Kahan has received the Merton Miller Prize for the best paper submitted to the Journal of Business and the De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Law Prize for the best paper in the ECGI Law Working Paper series. In addition, Corporate Practice Commentator has selected 19 of his articles as among the best corporate and securities articles. Kahan has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, and Hebrew University. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow at the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a director of the Pollack Center for Law & Business at NYU School of Law.
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  • Mervyn King
    Professor of Economics and Law
    Mervyn King is Professor of Economics and Law at NYU Stern School of Business and NYU School of Law. He served as governor of the Bank of England and chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Policy Committee from 2003 through 2013. He was previously deputy governor from 1998 to 2003, chief economist and executive director from 1991, and non-executive director of the bank from 1990 to 1991. He was knighted (GBE) in 2011, made a life peer in 2013, and appointed by the Queen a Knight of the Garter in 2014. A graduate of King’s College, Cambridge with a first-class degree in economics, he also studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge. He was a Kennedy scholar at Harvard University. Today he is a fellow of the British Academy, an honorary fellow of Kings and St. John’s Colleges, Cambridge, and holds honorary degrees from Cambridge, Birmingham, City of London, Edinburgh, London Guildhall (now London Metropolitan University), London School of Economics, Wolverhampton, Worcester and Helsinki Universities. He is a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler
    Professor of Law;
    Faculty Director, NYU Law in Buenos Aires
    Florencia Marotta-Wurgler is a professor of law at New York University School of Law and the director of NYU Law Abroad in Buenos Aires. Her teaching and research interests are contracts, consumer privacy, electronic commerce, and law and economics. Her published research has addressed various problems associated with standard form contracts online, such as the effectiveness of disclosure regimes, delayed presentation of terms, and whether people read the fine print. She is currently working on a large empirical project on consumer privacy policies online and on the effectiveness of the Federal Trade Commission’s privacy enforcement actions. In 2009, she testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing titled, “Aggressive Sales Tactics on the Internet and Their Impact on American Consumers.” She is a co-reporter of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Consumer Contracts, a board member of the American Law and Economics Association, and a fellow at the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at NYU School of Law. She received a BA magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD cum laude from NYU School of Law.
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  • Troy McKenzie
    Professor of Law on Leave
    Troy McKenzie ’00 joined the faculty of NYU School of Law in 2007. His scholarly interests include bankruptcy, civil procedure, complex litigation, and the federal courts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his law degree from NYU Law, where he was an executive editor of the NYU Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice John Paul Stevens of the US Supreme Court. Before joining the faculty, McKenzie was an associate in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton. At the end of his first year of teaching at the Law School, McKenzie was honored with the Albert Podell Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding achievement in the classroom.
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  • Geoffrey Miller
    Stuyvesant P. Comfort Professor of Law;
    Director, Center for Financial Institutions;
    Co-Director, Center for Civil Justice;
    Co-Director, Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement
    Geoffrey Miller is author or editor of a dozen books and more than 200 research papers on topics in business law, compliance and risk management, financial institutions, securities law, the legal profession, ancient law, and legal theory. Miller received his BA magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1973 and his JD from Columbia Law School in 1978, where he was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review. He clerked for Judge Carl McGowan of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice Byron White of the US Supreme Court. After two years as an attorney adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel of the US Department of Justice and one year with a Washington, DC, law firm, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1983, where he served as associate dean, director of the Program in Law and Economics, and editor of the Journal of Legal Studies. He came to NYU School of Law in 1995. Miller has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at universities and facilities of higher learning around the world. He is a founder of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies, director of the NYU Law Center for Financial Institutions, co-director of the Center for Civil Justice, and co-director of the NYU Law Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement. He serves on the board of directors, chairs the audit committee, and is a member of the compensation and risk committees of State Farm Bank. Miller is a 2011 inductee into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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  • Liam Murphy
    Herbert Peterfreund Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
    Liam Murphy works in legal, moral, and political philosophy and the application of these inquiries to law, legal institutions, and legal theory. Subjects of his publications range from abstract questions of moral philosophy (for example, the book Moral Demands in Nonideal Theory, 2000) to concrete issues of legal and economic policy (such as the book The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice, 2002, co-authored with Thomas Nagel). A central theme in all Murphy’s work is that legal, moral, and political theory cannot be pursued independently of one another; they are, in fact, different dimensions of a single subject. This theme is evident in his most recent book What Makes Law (2014), which locates the traditional philosophical issue of the grounds of law (the factors that determine the content of the law in force) within broader issues of political theory. Murphy’s current project expands on his recent Frankfurt Lectures at the Goethe University, Frankfurt: “Private Law and Public Illusion.” This research examines contract, property, and tax law from a practice-based or instrumentalist perspective; it argues that the widespread belief that these domains of law must answer to natural moral rights and obligations is a fundamental theoretical mistake that has a crippling effect on our public political discourse. Murphy has been awarded fellowships at Columbia’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Harvard’s Society of Fellows, and the National Humanities Center. He has been an associate editor and is now a member of the editorial board of Philosophy & Public Affairs. Murphy was vice dean of NYU School of Law from 2007 to 2010.
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  • Gerald Rosenfeld
    Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar in Residence;
    Co-Director, Leadership Program on Law and Business
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  • Helen Scott
    Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Leadership Program on Law and Business
    Helen Scott is the co-director of the Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business, a program that includes student scholarships, mentoring, research, and curricular innovation at NYU School of Law in cooperation with NYU’s Stern School of Business. She currently co-teaches two of the Law School’s unique “Law & Business of…” courses in the areas of Professional Responsibility and Corporate Governance. Scott developed and administers the Law School’s fellowships in Social Entrepreneurship and in Law, Policy and Innovation. She is currently working with the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship on the development of a teaching certificate in social enterprise. Her seminar, Business Transactions Planning, was the first nonlitigation-based full-scale simulation course at the Law School. Along with Roy Smith of the Stern School, she developed and co-taught Entrepreneurial Finance to law and business students. Scott recently worked with the Kauffman Foundation on a project involving new ways of thinking about and teaching in the areas of entrepreneurship and innovation, one result of which is the eLaw section of the website www.entrepreneurship.org. She has served as co-chair of the Listing and Hearing Review Council of the NASDAQ Stock Market. She has also received the Legal Advocate of the Year Award from the US Small Business Administration for her work on the Angel Capital Electronic Network program. Scott remains involved with cutting-edge issues of corporate governance, financial reporting, and market globalization.
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