Lawrence A. Cunningham

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Lawrence A. Cunningham (born July 10, 1962) is an American scholar, an author of corporate governance and investing books, and the Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law at George Washington University.[1]


Cunningham is regarded as an expert on Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett (Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values). External link in |title= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>He is also widely regarded as a significant expert in the field of law and accounting, having authored some 50 scholarly articles in major law journals (including Columbia, Cornell, Michigan, Minnesota, UCLA and Vanderbilt Law Reviews) and published a dozen books. His articles are widely cited in the literature. His books are the standard teaching books for the subject of accounting in US law schools. Professor Cunningham is also one of the leading figures in developing innovative solutions to risk transfer. His proposal to use insurance-linked securities, in the form of catastrophe bond type mechanisms, for transferring risk unrelated to property damage or natural catastrophes can lead to transformation of the field of alternative risk transfer.[2] He is widely respected as an expert on corporate governance, doing work for the Council of Institutional Investors, the Securities Investor Protection Corp. (SIPC), and PCAOB, as well as writing popular accounts of AIG and Berkshire Hathaway.



Cunningham's father died when Cunningham was 13, whereupon he enrolled in Girard College, the boarding school for poor orphans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he worked full-time to put himself through his home-state school, University of Delaware. He graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law magna cum laude in 1988.

From 1988 to 1992, Cunningham practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore, before taking an appointment to the law faculty at the Cardozo School of Law. He directed The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance, and wrote several books on value investing.

From 2002 to 2007, he was Professor of Law & Business at Boston College.[3] At that time, he received an appointment to the faculty of George Washington University where he teaches Contracts, Corporations and Law & Accounting. In 2011, he was rumored to have been eagerly sought after to serve as Dean of Boston College Law School.

Visiting Professor at Fordham U. Law School, 2012.


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  2. "GW Law Faculty Bibliography -CUNNINGHAM, LAWRENCE A". Retrieved 2010-10-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Lawrence A. Cunningham - Boston College". Archived from the original on 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2010-10-10.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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