Professor Partnoy Ranks Sixth on List of Top Corporate Law Professors

George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance Frank Partnoy

San Diego (December 23, 2013) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and Director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law (CCSL) Professor Frank Partnoy was ranked sixth in the nation on a list of Top Corporate Law Professors by all-time paper downloads from the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) database.

As posted on the blog "Concurring Opinions" by George Washington University Professor of Law Lawrence A. Cunnigham, Partnoy placed among other highly regarded professors from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, Northwestern University School of Law and UCLA School of Law. Partnoy was ranked seventeenth among all law professors nationally.

Partnoy's most downloaded paper on SSRN is "The Promise and Perils of Credit Derivatives." First published in 2007, before the financial crisis hit, the article (co-authored with David Skeel, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania) presents an in-depth analysis of credit derivatives and the dangers and challenges they pose. This publication, along with Partnoy's decades of research and calls for reform, generated considerable attention in the media and among regulators. He has appeared on national news outlets such as "60 Minutes," National Public Radio's "Fresh Air" and "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart to explain how complex financial instruments became the centerpiece of the recent economic crisis.

About Frank Partnoy

Frank Partnoy is the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and the Director of the Center for Corporate and Securities Law at USD School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of business and corporate law. He is the author of several popular books including: Wait: The Art and Science of Delay (PublicAffairs, 2012), The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals (PublicAffairs, 2010)Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets (PublicAffairs, 2009), and FIASCO: Blood In The Water On Wall Street (W. W. Norton and Company, 2009). Before joining the USD faculty in 1997, Partnoy worked as an investment banker at CS First Boston and Morgan Stanley in New York, as well as as an attorney at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. 

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law enrolls approximately 900 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 81 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 23rd worldwide in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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