Adjunct Professor of Law
Michael Perino is currently the Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at St. John’s University School of Law in New York. Professor Perino has also taught at Cornell Law School (2005), Columbia Law School (2002-03), and Stanford Law School (1995-1998), where he was a Lecturer and Co-Director of the Roberts Program in Law, Business, and Corporate Governance.
Professor Perino is the author of The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance (Penguin Press 2010). The Hellhound of Wall Street won the Citi Private Bank Financial History of the Year prize, and the book was named as one of the best business books of 2010 by Bloomberg/Business Week and the Library Journal. Professor Perino is the author of the leading treatise on the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, Securities Litigation under the PSLRA (CCH 2000), as well as numerous articles and monographs on securities regulation, securities fraud, and class action litigation. He has testified in both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and is frequently quoted in the media on securities and corporate matters. Professor Perino’s comments have appeared and his research has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Business Week, the Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many others. Professor Perino has also appeared on This American Life, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Bill Moyers Journal, and on the BBC, Bloomberg Television, and CNBC.
The SEC has retained Professor Perino to provide it with a report and recommendations on the adequacy of arbitrator conflict disclosure requirements in securities arbitration. Professor Perino was also one of the principal developers of Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. In 2008, he received the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s award for outstanding research on legal reform issues.
Professor Perino received his LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was valedictorian, a James Kent Scholar, and the recipient of the Walter Gellhorn Prize for outstanding proficiency in legal studies. He received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.