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John C. Coffee, Jr.

Columbia University Law School
Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law
New York, NY, USA

Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. is the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School and Director of its Center on Corporate Governance. He is a Fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been repeatedly listed by the National Law Journal as among its A100 Most Influential Lawyers in America."

Professor Coffee has been a member of the Legal Advisory Board to the New York Stock Exchange, the Legal Advisory Board of the NASD, the Market Regulation Committee of the NASD, and the Economic Advisory Board to Nasdaq. He served as a Reporter to the American Law Institute for its PRINCIPLES OF CORPORATE GOVERNANCE: Analysis and Recommendations, was a member of the SEC's Advisory Committee on the Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes, and served as chairperson of the Section on Business Associations of the Association of American Law Schools. Professor Coffee has testified repeatedly before Committees of both the Senate and the House during the drafting of the PSLRA, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, the JOBS Act and on other occasions.

Professor Coffee is the author or editor of several widely used casebooks on corporations and securities regulation, including Coffee and Sale, SECURITIES REGULATION: Cases and Materials (12th ed. 2012); Choper, Coffee and Gilson, CASES AND MATERIALS ON CORPORATIONS (7th ed. 2009); and Klein, Coffee, and Partnoy, BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS AND FINANCE (11th ed. 2010). His books include Coffee, GATEKEEPERS: The Professions and Corporate Governance (Oxford University Press 2006) and Coffee, Lowenstein, and Rose-Ackerman, KNIGHTS, RAIDERS AND TARGETS: The Impact of the Hostile Takeover (Oxford University Press 1988). According to a recent survey of law review citations, Professor Coffee is the most cited law professor in law reviews over the last ten years in the combined corporate, commercial, and business law field. 

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