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

"Opinion: Warren Buffett Could Teach Traders in Dogecoin, GameStop and Other Hot Trends a Few Things About ‘Mr. Market’"

April 22, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch about what Berkshire Hathaway investors can teach traders of cryptocurrencies.

"When It Comes to Georgia's Voting Law, Keep Politics Out of Business"

April 21, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in The Hill that politicians should not pressure business leaders to express their views on political issues.

"Berkshire Hathaway 2021 Annual Meeting"

April 21, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in Entrepreneur with a preview of the upcoming Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders' meeting.

"Opinion: Long-Tenured CEOs Can Take a Business from Good to Great — and These Companies Have Them"

April 14, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that companies with the longest tenured CEOs also tend to attract the best shareholders.

"Hungry for Investors, Some Companies Woo the Little Guy"

April 13, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted in The New York Times about how corporations should pay attention to and cultivate small investors.