Jonathan Lipson

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Jonathan Lipson holds the Harold E. Kohn Chair and is a Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, Corporations, Commercial Law, Lawyering for Entrepreneurship, International Business Transactions, and a variety of other business law courses.  In addition to Temple, he has taught at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin (where he held the Foley & Lardner Chair), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Baltimore.


His research focuses on corporate governance, reorganization, and contracting practices.  He has published in many of the nation’s top law reviews, including those of the UCLA, Boston University, Notre Dame, and Southern California law schools.  His work is frequently cited, including by the United States Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeals, as well as leading business courts such as the Delaware Supreme Court, the Delaware Chancery Court and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. He is also a coauthor (with Macaulay et al.) of Contracts Law in Action, the nation’s leading casebook that takes a “law in action” approach to contract law.


An occasional empiricist, Professor Lipson has published two articles on the use of “examiners” in chapter 11 bankruptcies, the second of which won the Editors’ Prize as the best paper published in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal in 2016.  His study of employment at the Trump Casinos in connection with their bankruptcies received widespread attention, and was noted in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Professor Lipson is a member of the American Law Institute, a Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and is active with the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.



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