Lawrence A. Cunningham

portrait of Larry Cunningham
Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law; Director, C-LEAF; Founding Faculty Director, GWinNY
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Lawrence A. Cunningham is an authority on corporate governance, corporate culture, and corporate law, and teaches business-related courses that span these fields. He has written dozens of books and scores of articles on a wide range of subjects in law and business. These include the leading textbook on accounting used in law schools, a popular narrative on contracts, and best-selling books on Berkshire Hathaway and Warren Buffett (The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America and Berkshire Beyond Buffett: The Enduring Value of Values). Professor Cunningham's work has been published in leading journals, including the law reviews of Columba, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, UCLA, Vanderbilt, and Virginia; influential professional journals such as Directors & Boards and NACD Directorship; and mainstream media such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and MarketWatch, where he writes a regular weekly column called "Cunningham's Quality Investing."

Professor Cunningham also serves on public company boards and nonprofits. He is currently on the board of Constellation Software Inc. (Toronto Stock Exchange), owner and operator of hundreds of vertical market software businesses, and previously served on the board of Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc. (New York Stock Exchange), an investor in luxury hotels. In the nonprofit sector, he is a Trustee of the Museum of American Finance, a Smithsonian affiliate; Member of the Dean's Council of Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware; a Member of the Editorial Board of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance; and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing at the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.  

Before joining GW in 2007, Professor Cunningham taught at Boston College Law School, where he served a two-year term as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. From 1992 to 2002, he taught at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served a five-year term as Director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and received the Professor of the Year Award in 2000. Professor Cunningham has also taught or visited at Columbia, Fordham, St. John's, and Vanderbilt, as well as Central European University, Hebrew University, University of Navarra, and Oxford. Before entering academia, he practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York.

Professor Cunningham is the Founding Faculty Director of GW Law's semester-long business law program in New York City known as GWinNY and Director of C-LEAF, GW's research program in corporate governance, featuring the Quality Shareholders Initiative. He has received numerous professional and civic awards and honors, including the 2018 B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the 2017 Girard College Alumni Association Award of Merit.



BA, Economics, University of Delaware; JD, Yeshiva University

In the News

"Here’s the recipe for a ‘perfect business’ — and a tasty stock"

July 15, 2021

Lawrence Cunningham writes for MarketWatch about the combination of traits that leads to the creation of a particularly successful company.

"10 companies that know how to spend money so you have a chance to make some"

July 08, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in Marketwatch about ten companies that master share buybacks and maximize value for their shareholders.

"Why high-quality, trustworthy companies have beaten the S&P 500 by 30%-50%"

June 30, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in Marketwatch that the steadiest, best-run companies tend to be the best investments bets.

"Opinion: Meme Stock Investors Are Bringing AMC and Other Troubled Companies Back to Life"

June 25, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that meme stock buyers are stopping threats to incumbent managers posed by short sellers.

"SEC Mulls a Step Backward on Corporate-Governance Oversight"

June 22, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in National Review that the SEC decision not to regulate proxy-advisory firms is a loss for investors.