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). 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; 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: Are You a Stock Investor with Time and Money? These Top Companies Want You"

October 20, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that corporations benefit from attracting quality shareholders who support long-term thinking.

"Opinion: Here’s Evidence That Putting Customers and Employees First Turns Out to Be Profitable for a Company’s Stockholders Too"

October 14, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that profits for shareholders are increased by prioritizing customers and employees.

"Opinion: Here’s the Real Cost of Stock Splits That Buffett Knows and Apple and Tesla Ignored"

October 07, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes in MarketWatch that stock splits degrade a company’s shareholder quality.

"Opinion: Warren Buffett Knows These Are the Best Investors to Follow With Your Own Money"

September 30, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham writes for MarketWatch that investors should search out companies that attract high-quality shareholders.

"Wildcard: Berkshire Hathaway and the Power of Quality Shareholders w/ Lawrence Cunningham"

September 02, 2020

Lawrence A. Cunningham discusses on the "Industry Focus" podcast Berkshire's latest investments and Warren Buffett’s legacy.