Douglas M. Branson

W. Edward Sell Professor of Business Law

Professor Branson received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Northwestern University. He has also earned an LL.M. from the University of Virginia, specializing in corporate law and securities regulation. Before joining the faculty at Pittsburgh, Professor Branson taught for more than 20 years at Seattle University. He has also been a visiting professor at a number of schools, including the University of Washington as Condon Falknor Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Alabama as Charles Tweedy Distinguished Visiting Professor, the University of Hong Kong as Paul Hastings Distinguished Visiting Professor, Cornell University, Arizona State University, Washington University (St. Louis), and universities in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Belgium, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, and England. He holds a permanent faculty appointment at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in its Masters of Law Program.

As an elected member since 1981, he had an influential role in framing the American Law Institute’s recommendations for corporate governance and is a leading expert on the corporate law aspects of Alaska native corporations. Most recently, he has been a USAID consultant to the Ministries of Justice in Indonesia, Ukraine, and Slovakia advising on corporate law, capital markets law, corporate governance, and securitization issues.

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