Ronald Mann

Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Prof. of Law, Co-Dir. The Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center

Office: Columbia Law School | Jerome Greene Hall, Room 837
435 West 116th Street | Mailbox D-11
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-1570
Fax: 212-854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Carmen Abber
Phone: 212.854.7467

Courses/Current Research:
  • Commercial Law
  • Payment Systems
  • Secured Transactions
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Intellectual Property
  • Transnational Bankruptcy

Current Courses: 

Fall 2016 

Payment Systems, L6386
S. Transnational Bankruptcy, L8794

Spring 2017
Commercial Finance, L6392

Office Hours:  By appointment


  • University of Texas at Austin, J.D., 1985, magna cum laude, (first in class); Managing Editor Texas Law Review.
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas, B.A., 1982, (History), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

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Ronald Mann was law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1985-1986) and Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court (1986-1987).  He practiced real estate and commercial law in Houston, Texas (1987-1991). Worked for the Justice Department as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, (1991-1994); he also worked in the Office of the Independent Counsel (1998-2000) (appellate litigation of various matters, including United States v. Hubbell, 530 U.S. 27 (2000)).

Professor Mann joined the Columbia Law School faculty on July 1, 2007 after holding tenured positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas, and the Washington University School of Law. A nationally renowned scholar in the areas of secured credit, payment systems, and intellectual property, he has authored dozens of law review articles in leading law reviews, as well as path breaking casebooks on Payment Systems and Electronic Commerce.

Mann is a member of the American Law Institute; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; he also serves as a fellow at the American Bar Foundation; he is a commentator at SCOTUSBlog on IP and Banking Law; Reporter: Amendments to UCC Articles 3, 4, and 4A (2000-2003); in addition, he is a frequent visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Banks.

Languages:  Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Old English.