Lawrence A. Cunningham

Lawrence Cunningham
Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law; Director, C-LEAF in New York; 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). His extensive work has been published in top university reviews such as Columbia Law Review, influential professional journals such as Directors & Boards, and mainstream media such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Beyond his extensive writings on corporate governance, Professor Cunningham regularly advises and serves on corporate boards, including service for such companies as Constellation Software Inc., a Toronto stock exchange maker of software products globally, and Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc., a NYSE-listed investor in luxury hotels. He is also a Member of the Dean's Council of Lerner College of Business of the University of Delaware, a Member of the Editorial Board of the Museum of American Finance in New York and a Member of the Advisory Board of MobileNerd, a start-up venture seeking to bridge the digital divide by making access to STEM training content cheap and easy for every person in the world. 

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 School's semester-long business law program in New York City known as GWinNY. He has received numerous professional and civic awards and honors, including the 2018 Kenneth D. 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

“On the Downside of the Index-Fund Panacea’’

December 07, 2018

Lawrence A. Cunningham authors a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal about whether the long-term shareholder is an endangered species.

"No Matter How Bad Things Get at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg Will Be Chairman for As Long As He Wants, Experts Agree"

December 03, 2018

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by CNBC about corporate governance at Facebook and its board's limited power given Zuckerberg's high-voting stock.

“From Populist to Virtual”

December 01, 2018

Lawrence A. Cunningham coauthors an article for the Museum of American Finance about the history of the corporate meeting.

“Serious Fraud Office Concludes Deferred Prosecution Agreement With Standard Bank’’

November 30, 2018

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the first successful DPA in the United Kingdom.

“Campbell Soup's Activist Fight Going Down to the Wire Over Two Nominees’’

November 20, 2018

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by CNBC about activist firm Third Point waging a proxy battle against Campbell Soup.