Frank Partnoy

George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance
Director, Center for Corporate and Securities Law

  • JD, 1992, Yale University
  • BA, BS, 1989, University of Kansas

Areas of Expertise

Professor Partnoy teaches and writes in the areas of business and corporate law.

Professional Experience

Partnoy worked as a derivatives structurer at Morgan Stanley during the mid-1990s and then spent two years as a lawyer at Covington & Burling.. He is the director of USD’s Center for Corporate and Securities Law. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1997.

Honors and Affiliations

Partnoy testified as an expert regarding various aspects of financial markets and regulation before both houses of Congress, and frequently advises regulators and major corporations. He writes for The New York Times and the Financial Times, and has appeared on numerous media programs, such as 60 Minutes, NewsHour with Jim Leher, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He was awarded USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, 2009 and 2013. He was the 2013-14 recipient of USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship.

Key Works

Partnoy's publications include Business Organization and Finance: Legal and Economic Principles, 12th Ed. (with Coffee, Jr. , and Klein) (Foundation Press, 2015); Corporations: A Contemporary Approach , 2nd Ed. (with Palmiter) (West Academic Publishing, 2014); Wait: the Art and Science of Delay (Public Affairs, 2012); The Match King: Ivar Kreuger, The Financial Genius Behind a Century of Wall Street Scandals (Public Affairs, 2010); F.I.A.S.C.O.: Blood in the Water on Wall Street (W.W. Norton and Company, 2009); and Infectious Greed: How Deceit and Risk Corrupted the Financial Markets, 2nd Ed. (Public Affairs, 2009).

Fall 2015 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 306
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2352

Online Resources

Curriculum Vita
Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-6843

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Tue 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Wed 8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thu 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.