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.

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 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 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

"China's Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims"

August 31, 2019
Donald C. Clarke is quoted by The New York Times on how the arrest increases in China makes it almost impossible for judges to give fair hearings.

"Warren Buffett, Now 89, On a Lifelong Success Factor That Few Other Billionaires Are Willing To Credit"

August 30, 2019
Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by CNBC on how Warren Buffett's thoughts on life draw from John Rawls' philosophy in "A Theory of Justice."

"The Technology 202: Activists Turn to Facebook Shareholders in Long-Shot Bid to Oust Zuckerburg"

May 07, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted in The Washington Post about advocacy group efforts to redistribute corporate power at Facebook.

"Inside the Berkshire-Hathaway Meeting"

May 06, 2019
Lawrence A. Cunningham spoke to Bloomberg TV's "What'd You Miss?" about the annual meeting of shareholders of Warren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway.

"Berkshire's Uniqueness Is Its Strength, Says Expert"

May 06, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham spoke to CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" about the culture and future of Warren Buffett's company.