Eric Talley

Eric Talley


Eric Talley is the Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law. He is an expert in the intersection of corporate law, governance, and finance, and he teaches/researches in areas that include corporate law and finance, mergers and acquisitions, quantitative methods, machine learning, contract and commercial law, game theory, and economic analysis of law. In 2017, Talley was chosen by Columbia Law School's graduating class to receive the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Talley has held permanent or visiting appointments at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California, Caltech, University of Chicago; Harvard University; Georgetown University, RAND Graduate School, and Stanford University. He has also taught short courses at the University of New South Wales; the University of Sydney; University of San Diego; Tel Aviv University, the Interdisciplinary Center; University of Zurich; University of Amsterdam; and University of Miami.

He is current Chair of the board of directors of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies (SELS) and was the SELS co-president in 2013–2014. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA). Talley is a frequent commentator in the national media, and he speaks regularly to corporate boards and regulators on issues pertaining to fiduciary duties, governance, and finance.

Talley holds a J.D. from Stanford University, where he was articles editor for the Stanford Law Review; a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University; and B.A. degrees in economics and political science from the University of California, San Diego. He is a native of Los Alamos, N.M.

  • J.D., Stanford University
  • Ph.D. (Economics), Stanford University
  • B.A. (Economics and Political Science), University of California, San Diego
Activities and Affiliations
  • Columbia Data Sciences Institute (Executive Committee Member)
  • Board Chair, Society for Empirical Legal Studies
  • Board Member, American Law and Economics Association (Chair of Recruitment Committee)
  • Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Professor in Law, Business, and the Economy, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, 2009-2015
  • Faculty Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law, Business, and the Economy, 2006-2015
  • University of California, Berkeley, Campus Budget Committee, 2011–2014 (Chair 2013-2014)
  • Senior Economist, RAND Corporation, 2004–2013
  • Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professorship in Law and Business, University of Southern California, 2004–2006
Areas of Expertise
  • Corporate Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Contract and Commercial Law
  • Economic Analysis of Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation
Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions
Corporate Finance
Introduction to Financial Valuation
S. Corporate Law and Finance Research