Lawrence A. Cunningham

Lawrence 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). 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.

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; and a Member of the Editorial Board of Financial History, the magazine of the Museum of American Finance. 

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

"Has Warren Buffett Lost His Mojo? No Way, Says Longtime Friend"

June 05, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham is interviewed by ThinkAdvisor about Berkshire Hathaway's recent performance and Buffett's possible successor.

"How Warren Buffett Is Fighting to 'Keep the Wolves Away' from Berkshire Hathaway - and Winning"

May 29, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch how Buffett's future performance depends on his ability to attract quality shareholders.

"Live from Omaha, It's Warren Buffett on Saturday Night"

May 04, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by Bloomberg about the role of Greg Abel, Buffett's likely successor at Berkshire Hathaway.

"Has Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett Lost His Investing Magic?"

May 04, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham appeared on FOX Business News to discuss the reaction to Buffett's first-ever virtual shareholder meeting.

"Yahoo Finance Berkshire Hathaway Pre-Show: Lawrence Cunningham"

May 02, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham discussed with Yahoo Finance what to expect during Berkshire Hathaway's virtual shareholder meeting.