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

"Warren Buffett Bars Shareholders from Berkshire's Meeting Over Virus Worries"

March 13, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by Bloomberg about shareholders not attending Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting over coronavirus.

"For Investors Shaken by Dow Plunge, Warren Buffett’s New Advice on Finding Long-Term Market Winners"

February 26, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted in CNBC on how decisions are made in decentralized businesses such as Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.

"Charles Schwab Just Broke One of Warren Buffett's Biggest Rules About Acquisitions"

November 25, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by CNBC about Warren Buffett's belief that companies should not use their shares to make acquisitions.

"You Only Want the Good Stocks in the Index"

November 22, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted in Bloomberg Opinion about the concept of quality shareholder voting.

"UA's $14-Million Gamble: Consultant Gave Pricey Advice to Devise Strategic Plan"

November 09, 2019

Lawrence A. Cunningham is quoted by the Arizona Daily Star on how using consulting firms for strategic planning could limit the process.