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

"These Companies Prove That When Workers Are Happy, Investors Are Too"

October 21, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes for MarketWatch about how companies with high employee satisfaction make for attractive investment opportunities.

"Warren Buffett’s Solid Investing Advice is Just What’s Needed in this Frothy Stock Market"

October 07, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes for MarketWatch praising Warren Buffett's fundamentals-based investment approach despite market volatility.

"Higher Taxes on Stock Dividends Would Hurt Middle-class Investors — Especially Retirees — Far More Than the Wealthy"

September 29, 2021

Lawrence Cunningham writes for Marketwatch about the potential pitfalls of tax increases on dividends for middle-class Americans.

"ESG Investing Can Boost Your Stock Market Returns But It Shouldn't Drive Your Portfolio"

September 18, 2021
Lawrence A. Cunningham writes for MarketWatch that environmental, social, and corporate governance is one factor in a successful investment portfolio.

"America’s Toxic ‘Us vs. Them’ Politics is Now Spilling Into the Stock Market and Polarizing Investors"

September 02, 2021

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes for MarketWatch that America's hyperpolarized political environment is also bad for business.