Robert B. Thompson

Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law

B.A., Vanderbilt; J.D., University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise:

Business Organizations and Securities Regulation

Professor Thompson teaches courses in the corporate and securities area, including mergers and limited liability.  He joined the Georgetown faculty in 2010 after visiting in...

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Professor Thompson teaches courses in the corporate and securities area, including mergers and limited liability.  He joined the Georgetown faculty in 2010 after visiting in 2009-10. Previous positions include service as the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University and the George Alexander Madill Professor of Law at Washington University. He has visited at New York University and Northwestern University and has taught intensive courses at the University of Sydney. He has authored or co-authored casebooks on corporations and on mergers, treatises on Close Corporations and Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members, and more than 50 articles. Professor Thompson has testified before committees of Congress, a state legislature, and the New York Stock Exchange. He has served since 1991 as editor of the Corporate Practice Commentator, served as an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Agency and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools.

 

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • Robert B. Thompson & Charles R.T. O'Kelley, Corporations and Other Business Associations: Cases and Materials (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 7th ed. 2014).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Robert B. Thompson, Anti-Primacy: Sharing Power in American Corporations, 71 Bus. Law. 381-425 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Hillary A. Sale, Market Intermediation, Publicness, and Securities Class Actions, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 487-552 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Financial Regulation's Architecture Within International Economic Law, 17 J. In'tl Econ. L. 807-822 (2014).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Robert B. Thompson, The Power of Shareholders in the United States, in Research Handbook on Shareholder Power 441-458 (Jennifer G. Hill & Randall S. Thomas eds., Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar 2015).    [BOOK]
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All Scholarship 2000 - Present

Books

  • Robert B. Thompson & Charles R.T. O'Kelley, Corporations and Other Business Associations: Cases and Materials (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 7th ed. 2014).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Charles R.T. O'Kelley, Corporations and Other Business Associations: Cases and Materials (New York: Aspen Publishers 6th ed. 2010 & Supp. 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson & F. Hodge O'Neal, 1-2 O'Neal and Thompson's Close Corporations and LLCs: Law and Practice (Eagan, Minn.: Thomson/West rev. 3d ed. 2004 & Supp. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson & F. Hodge O'Neal, 1-2 O'Neal and Thompson's Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members: Protecting Minority Rights in Squeeze-outs and Other Intracorporate Conflicts (Eagan, Minn.: Thomson/West rev. 2d ed. 2004 & Supp. 2012).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Mergers and Acquisitions: Law and Finance (New York: Aspen Publishers 2010).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Charles R.T. O'Kelley, Corporations and Other Business Associations: Cases and Materials (New York: Aspen Publishers 5th ed. 2006).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Robert B. Thompson, Anti-Primacy: Sharing Power in American Corporations, 71 Bus. Law. 381-425 (2016).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Hillary A. Sale, Market Intermediation, Publicness, and Securities Class Actions, 93 Wash. U. L. Rev. 487-552 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Financial Regulation's Architecture Within International Economic Law, 17 J. In'tl Econ. L. 807-822 (2014).   
  • Robert B. Thompson & Donald C. Langevoort, IPOs and the Slow Death of Section 5, 102 Ky. L.J. 891-923 (2013-2014).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, C.N.V. Krishnan, Ronald W. Masulis & Randall S. Thomas, Jurisdictional Effects in M&A Litigation, 11 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 132-158 (2014).    [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Paul H. Edelman & Randall S. Thomas, Shareholder Voting in an Age of Intermediary Capitalism, 87 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1359-1434 (2014).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & R. Michael Gadbaw, Trade, International Economic Law, and the Challenges of the Global Economy: A Symposium in Honor of John H. Jackson, 17 J. In'tl Econ. L. 601-603 (2014).   
  • Robert B. Thompson & Donald C. Langevoort, “Publicness” in Contemporary Securities Regulation After the JOBS Act, 101 Geo. L.J. 337-386 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Donald C. Langevoort, Redrawing the Public-Private Boundaries in Entrepreneurial Capital Raising, 98 Cornell L. Rev. 1573-1628 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Frank H. Easterbrook, Daniel M. Gallagher, Joseph H. Kaufman, Joanne T. Medero & Robert T. Miller, Panel, Deregulating the Markets: The JOBS Act, 38 Del. J. Corp. L. 476-516 (2013).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Randall S. Thomas, A Theory of Representative Shareholder Suits and Its Application to Multijurisdictional Litigation, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1753-1819 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Allocating the Roles for Contracts and Judges in the Closely Held Firm, 33 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 369-403 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Market Makers and Vampire Squid: Regulating Securities Markets After the Financial Meltdown, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 323-376 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, The Case for Iterative Statutory Reform: Appraisal and the Model Business Corporation Act, 74:1 Law & Contemp. Probs. 253-269 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, The Short, But Interesting Life of Good Faith as an Independent Liability Rule, 55 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 543-559 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Lisa Schultz Bressman, The Future of Agency Independence, 63 Vand. L. Rev. 599-672 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, The SEC After the Financial Meltdown: Social Control Over Finance?, 71 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 567-583 (2010).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Paul H. Edelman, Corporate Voting, 62 Vand. L. Rev. 129-175 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Delaware's Disclosure: Moving the Line of Federal-State Corporate Regulation, 2009 U. Ill. L. Rev. 167-190 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson & A.C. Pritchard, Securities Law and the New Deal Justices, 95 Va. L. Rev. 841-926 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Defining the Shareholder's Role, Defining a Role for State Law: Folk at 40, 33 Del. J. Corp. L. 771-788 (2008).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Lee C. Buchheit & G. Mitu Gulati, The Dilemma of Odious Debts, 56 Duke L.J. 1201-1262 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Corporate Federalism in the Administrative State: The SEC's Discretion to Move the Line Between the State and Federal Realms of Corporate Governance, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1143-1186 (2007).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Federal Corporate Law: Torts and Fiduciary Duty, 31 J. Corp. L. 877-891 (2006).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Stephen J. Choi, Securities Litigation and Its Lawyers: Changes During the First Decade After the PSLRA, 106 Colum. L. Rev. 1489-1533 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson & William G. Christie, Wall Street Scandals: The Curative Effects of Law and Finance, 84 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1567-1590 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [WWW]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Corporate Law Criteria: Law's Relation to Private Ordering, 2 Berkeley Bus. L.J. 95-104 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Piercing the Veil: Is the Common Law the Problem?, 37 Conn. L. Rev. 619-635 (2005).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Delaware, the Feds, and the Stock Exchange: Challenges to the First State as First in Corporate Law, 29 Del. J. Corp. L. 779-804 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Randall S. Thomas, The New Look of Shareholder Litigation: Acquisition-Oriented Class Actions, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 133-209 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Randall S. Thomas, The Public and Private Faces of Derivative Lawsuits, 57 Vand. L. Rev. 1747-1793 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & E. Thomas Sullivan, The Supreme Court and Private Law: The Vanishing Importance of Securities and Antitrust, 53 Emory L.J. 1571-1644 (2004).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Hillary A. Sale, Securities Fraud as Corporate Governance: Reflections upon Federalism, 56 Vand. L. Rev. 859-910 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Agency Law and Asset Partitioning, 71 U. Cin. L. Rev. 1321-1343 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Collaborative Corporate Governance: Listing Standards, State Law, and Federal Regulation, 38 Wake Forest L. Rev. 961-982 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Corporate Governance After Enron, 40 Hous. L. Rev. 99-117 (2003).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Charles M. Elson, Van Gorkom's Legacy: The Limits of Judicially Enforced Constraints and the Promise of Proprietary Incentives, 96 Nw. U. L. Rev. 579-593 (2002).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Takeover Regulation After the 'Convergence' of Corporate Law, 24 Sydney L. Rev. 323-335 (2002).    [HEIN]
  • Robert B. Thompson & Ronald King, Credibility and Information in Securities Markets After Regulation FD, 79 Wash. U. L.Q. 615-637 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson & D. Gordon Smith, Toward a New Theory of the Shareholder Role: "Sacred Space" in Corporate Takeovers, 80 Tex. L. Rev. 261-326 (2001).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Teaching Business Associations: Norms, Economics and Cognitive Learning, 34 Ga. L. Rev. 997-1009 (2000).    [HEIN] [W]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Robert B. Thompson, The Power of Shareholders in the United States, in Research Handbook on Shareholder Power 441-458 (Jennifer G. Hill & Randall S. Thomas eds., Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar 2015).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson, The Story of Meinhard v. Salmon: Fiduciary Duty's Punctilio, in Corporate Law Stories 105-133 (J. Mark Ramseyer ed., New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press 2009).    [BOOK]
  • Robert B. Thompson, Mapping Judicial Review: Sinclair v. Levien, in The Iconic Cases in Corporate Law 79-97 (Jonathan R. Macey ed., St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson/West 2008).    [BOOK]

Congressional Testimony

  • Reducing Barriers to Capital Formation, Part II: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 113th Cong., July 10, 2013 (Statement of Robert B. Thompson) (CIS-No.: 2014-H371-9).    [WWW]
  • The JOBS Act: Importance of Prompt Implementation for Entrepreneurs, Capital Formation, and Job Creation: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on TARP, Fin. Servs. & Bailouts of Pub. & Private Programs of the H. Comm. on Oversight & Gov't Reform and the Subcomm. on Capital Mkts. & Gov't Sponsored Enters. of the H. Comm. on Fin. Servs., 112th Cong., Sept. 13, 2012 (Statement of Robert B. Thompson) (CIS-No.: 2012-H601-151).    [WWW]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Robert B. Thompson, C.N.V. Krishnan, Ronald W. Masulis & Randall S. Thomas, Shareholder Litigation in Mergers and Acquisitions, 18 J. Corp. Fin. 1248-1268 (2012).    [SSRN]
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In the News

"America’s Top Business Court Gets Dragged Into a Lover’s Quarrel," coverage in Bloomberg Law, August 31, 2016, quoting Professor Robert B. Thompson.

"Law Profs Say 2nd Circ. Should Uphold Abacus Class Cert.," coverage in Law 360, August 30, 2016, mentioning Professor Robert B. Thompson.

Bebchuk, Coates and Fried among top ten corporate and securities articles of 2015,” coverage in Harvard Law Today, May 10, 2016, featuring annual poll of Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles conducted by Professor Robert Thompson.

Professor Robert B. Thompson testified about the JOBS Act before the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, September 13, 2012.

All News

"America’s Top Business Court Gets Dragged Into a Lover’s Quarrel," coverage in Bloomberg Law, August 31, 2016, quoting Professor Robert B. Thompson.

"Law Profs Say 2nd Circ. Should Uphold Abacus Class Cert.," coverage in Law 360, August 30, 2016, mentioning Professor Robert B. Thompson.

Bebchuk, Coates and Fried among top ten corporate and securities articles of 2015,” coverage in Harvard Law Today, May 10, 2016, featuring annual poll of Ten Best Corporate and Securities Articles conducted by Professor Robert Thompson.

Professor Robert B. Thompson testified about the JOBS Act before the House Financial Services Committee and the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, September 13, 2012.

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