Merritt B. Fox

  • Arthur Levitt Professor of Law;
    Co-Director, Center for Law & Economic Studies
    Columbia Law School
  • Co-Director, Program in the Law & Economics of Capital Markets
    Columbia Law School & Columbia Business School

Professor Fox, one of the three Co-Directors of the program, teaches several business law classes from a law and economics perspective at Columbia Law School, including Securities Regulation, International Securities Regulation, Capital Markets Regulation (jointly listed for both Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School students), and Corporate Finance. His scholarly work has focused on corporate governance, global securities regulation, securities disclosure, securities litigation, and related law and economics issues more generally. He has served as the Co-Director of Columbia Law School's Center for Law and Economic Studies since July 2004 and as the Co-Director of the Program on the Law and Economics of Capital Markets since July 2007.

Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia Law School in 2003, Professor Fox taught at the University of Michigan Law School for 15 years, where he also served as Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law from July 1999 through June 2003 and the Co-Director for Corporate Governance Studies for the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School. Prior to joining the University of Michigan in 1988, he was a professor at Indiana University Law School where he began teaching full time in 1980. He is also the past chair of the Business Associations Section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Befor entering the academy, Professor Fox practiced in the Securities and Capital Markets area with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP from 1974 to 1980. During this period, he also completed his doctoral work in Economics and taught as an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School (from 1976 through 1980) and an acting instructor and visiting lecturer at Yale College (in 1973 and 1976, respectively).

Education: B.A. (Political Science and Economics), Yale University (1968); J.D., Yale University (1971); Ph.D. (Economics), Yale University (1980)