Lawrence A. Cunningham is an authority on corporate governance, corporate culture, and corporate law and advises public companies and boards of directors in those areas as Special Counsel at Mayer Brown in New York and advises managers and shareholders on investor relations as Managing Partner of the Quality Shareholders Group.
Professor Cunningham has written dozens of books and scores of articles on a wide range of subjects in law and business. These include best-selling books such as The Essays of Warren Buffett (in collaboration with Warren Buffett) and The AIG Story (written with Hank Greenberg) and influential research articles on accounting and corporate governance. Before retiring from GW in 2022 at age 60, Cunningham founded and for many years directed GWNY, GW Law's innovative boot camp for aspiring Wall Street lawyers.
Professor Cunningham has served on several public company boards, including currently Markel Group (New York Stock Exchange), a global insurance and investment company, as vice chairman of Constellation Software Inc. (Toronto Stock Exchange), owner and operator of nearly one-thousand vertical market software businesses, and Kelly Partners Group (Australian Stock Exchange), owner and operator of nearly one hundred independent accountancy firms.
Before becoming a professor, Cunningham practiced corporate law with Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York from 1988 to 1994, where his practice areas included corporate governance, M&A, finance, and international. In 2018, Professor Cunningham received the B. Kenneth West Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).