Michael J. Dowd, partner at San Diego-based Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, has been involved in numerous litigations and achieved significant recovery for investors against companies such as AOL Time Warner, United- Health, WorldCom and Qwest. He is currently involved in litigation against Household International, which could yield as much as $1 billion or more for plaintiffs.
John C. Coffee Jr.
John C. Coffee Jr. is Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law and director of its Center on Corporate Governance. Earlier this year, Coffee was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for his scholarship on corporate fraud, cited for his testimony before Congress during the drafting of many of the nation’s most important securities laws including the Dodd-Frank Act and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.
Lucian A. Bebchuk, Jay W. Lorsch
One of the most influential writers and thinkers on shareholder rights, Lucian A. Bebchuk, Friedman Professor of Law, Economics and Finance at Harvard Law School, founded the law school’s well-read blog. He serves on Norilsk Nickel’s board. At Harvard Business School, Jay W. Lorsch serves as the Louis E. Kirstein Professor of Human Relations, chairman of the Harvard Business School Global Corporate Governance Initiative and faculty chairman of Harvard’s Executive Education Corporate Governance Series. Lorsch was inducted into the NACD Directorship Corporate Governance Hall of Fame, Class of 2009.
New York University
William T. Allen
A fierce advocate for the integration of business and law, William T. Allen serves on both the law and business faculties at NYU. The former Delaware Chancery Court Chancellor is the Jack H. Nusbaum Professor of Law and Business at the NYU Pollack Center for Law and Business, where he also serves as director.
Joseph A. Grundfest, F. Daniel Siciliano
The W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business at Stanford Law School, Joseph A. Grundfest, a former SEC commissioner, founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Stanford Law School’s executive education programs. F. Daniel Siciliano is faculty director of the Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Law School, and senior lecturer in law and associate dean for executive education and special programs at the school. Siciliano is also the co-originator of the Open Source Corporate Governance Reporting System.
University of Delaware
Charles M. Elson
Charles M. Elson is Edgar S. Woolard Jr. chair of Corporate Governance and the director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. Elson’s fields of expertise include corporations, securities regulation and corporate governance. He is of counsel to the Holland & Knight law firm and a board member of HealthSouth Corp.
Professor Stephen Bainbridge is the William D. Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, where he teaches advanced corporate law and a seminar on corporate governance. He serves on the ABA’s Committee on Corporate Laws, on the Journal of Markets and Morality editorial advisory board, and as chair of the Federalist Society’s Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group executive committee.
University of Southern California
An expert on corporate finance and corporate governance, particularly on private equity and director education, Duke Bristow is associate professor of clinical finance and business economics at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is faculty director of the USC Corporate Governance Summit and serves on the board of Landec Corp.
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld, the senior associate dean of executive programs at the Yale School of Management and Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management, is also the founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute. Sonnenfeld holds the distinction of being the first academician to have rung the opening bells of both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq OMX.