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Elizabeth Pollman

Elizabeth Pollman

Professor of Law; Co-Director, Institute for Law & Economics

Elizabeth Pollman is an expert in business law. She teaches and writes in the areas of corporate law and governance, as well as startups, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.

Her articles have been selected by scholars in the field as among the Top Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles in their respective years, most recently in 2022 for “The Supreme Court and the Pro-Business Paradox”; in 2021 for “The Corporate Governance Machine” (Columbia Law Review, co-authored with Dorothy S. Lund); in 2020 for “Private Company Lies” (Georgetown Law Journal); in 2019 for “Startup Governance” (University of Pennsylvania Law Review) and “Corporate Disobedience” (Duke Law Journal); and in 2017 for “Regulatory Entrepreneurship” (University of Southern California Law Review, co-authored with Jordan M. Barry).

She is the co-author of Business Organizations: A Contemporary Approach (with Alan Palmiter & Frank Partnoy, West Academic Publishing) and co-editor of the Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (with Robert B. Thompson, Edward Elgar Publishing).

She serves as a co-director of the Institute for Law & Economics at Penn Carey Law. In addition, she serves on the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association and is a research member of the European Corporate Governance Institute. She has served on the National Business Law Scholars Conference Board and the AALS Business Associations Executive Committee. She has received the Harvey Levin Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence (2022) and the LLM Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2021).

Before joining the Penn Carey Law faculty, Pollman taught at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and UC Berkeley School of Law. She was previously a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford Law School. She practiced law at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles and served as a clerk for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She earned both her BA and JD, with distinction, from Stanford University.