Thomas J. Brennan

Justin W. D'Atri Visiting Professor of Law, Business, and Society (Spring 2014)

Office: Room 814
Tel: 212-854-3119

Assistant Info

Name: Sara Kuperminc
Phone: 212-854-0722
  • Princeton University, A.B. (summa cum laude)
  • Harvard University, A.M.(mathematics)
  • Harvard University, Ph.D (mathematics)
  • Harvard University, J.D. (cum laude)

    Thomas J. Brennan is a professor of law at Northwestern University School of Law and a professor of finance at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His current research is focused on the use of finance and economic theory to analyze and inform tax policy.  He also uses empirical methods to investigate the effects of tax laws and the strategic behavior of taxpayers.

 His ongoing other research interests include the application of finance theory to the law in areas other than tax, the empirical analysis of corporate financing decisions, and the empirical study of judicial behavior. In addition, his continuing work includes the use of mathematical methods to obtain new insights into the theory of finance.

Selected Publications
  • "Do Labyrinthine Legal Limits on Leverage Lessen the Likelihood of Losses? An Analytical Framework" in 90 Texas Law Review 1775 (2012). (with Andrew W. Lo)
  • "The Origin of Behavior" in 1 Quarterly Journal of Finance 55-108 (2011). (with Andrew W. Lo)
  • "Impossible Frontiers" in 56 Management Science 905-923 (2010). (with Andrew W. Lo)
  • "What Happens After a Holiday?: Long-Term Effects of the Repatriation Provision of the AJCA" in 5 Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy 1-18 (2010).
  • "The Political Economy of Judging" in 93 Minnesota Law Review 1503-1534 (2009). (with Lee Epstein and Nancy Staudt )
  • "Economic Trends and Judicial Outcomes: A Macrotheory of the Court" in 58 Duke Law Journal 1191-1230 (2009). (with Lee Epstein and Nancy Staudt )
  • "Measuring the Tax Subsidy in Private Equity and Hedge Fund Compensation" in 60 Hastings Law Journal 27-59 (2008). (with Karl S. Okamoto )