A prolific writer and authority on corporate governance, white-collar crime, securities law, and complex litigation, John C. Coffee Jr. brings the law to life in the classroom, including with his highly popular seminar, Black Letter Law/White Collar Crime, which he teaches with U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff. He also directs the Law School’s Center on Corporate Governance, which hosts regulators, prosecutors, and defense lawyers for symposia and conferences on topics ranging from shareholder democracy to insider trading.
Coffee writes a regular column for The New York Law Journal and has published numerous books, most recently Entrepreneurial Litigation: Its Rise, Fall, and Future. A frequent expert witness, Coffee appeared in 2017 before the House Financial Services Committee to argue against changes to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In 2018, he was awarded the Allen & Overy Law Prize in the European Corporate Governance Institute’s annual working paper series for his paper, “The Agency Cost of Activism: Information Leakage, Thwarted Majorities, and the Public Morality.”