- J.D., Stanford Law School, 1989
- A.B., Harvard University, 1985
Michael Heller is Lawrence A. Wien Professor of Real Estate Law at Columbia Law School. He teaches property, land use, and real estate law, and has served as the school’s vice dean for intellectual life.
He is one of America’s leading authorities on property. He is the author of The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives, Basic Books, 2008.
Heller has been a visiting professor at University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and the New York University School of Law; visiting lecturer at Yale Law School; fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and Olin Senior Fellow at Columbia.
From 1994 to 2002, Heller taught at the University of Michigan Law School where he received the L. Hart Wright Award for excellence in teaching. He co-directed corporate governance research at the University of Michigan Business School’s William Davidson Institute and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Heller worked from 1990 to 1994 at the World Bank on post-socialist property law transition. He clerked for the Honorable James R. Browning of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Heller is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College.
- Land use
- Real estate law
- The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives, Basic Books, 2008
- Corporate Governance Lessons from Transition Economy Reforms, (co-editor with Merritt Fox), Princeton University Press, 2006
- “The Rose Theorem?” Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, 2006
- “The UNE Anticommons: How the FCC Deters Broadband Innovation,” Yale Journal on Regulation, 2005
- “Common Interest Developments at the Crossroads of Legal Theory,” Urban Lawyer, 2005
- “Conflicts in Property,” (with Hanoch Dagan), Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 2004
- “The Liberal Commons,” (with Hanoch Dagan), Yale Law Journal, 2001
- “The Dynamic Analytics of Property Law,” in Theoretical Inquiries in Law, 2001
- “Corporate Governance Lessons from Russian Enterprise Fiascoes,” (with Merritt Fox), New York University Law Review, 2000
- “The Three Faces of Private Property,” Oregon Law Review, 2000
- “The Boundaries of Private Property,” Yale Law Journal, 1999
- “Deterrence and Distribution in the Law of Takings,” (with James E. Krier) in Harvard Law Review, 1999. Reprinted in Land Use Planning Handbook, West, 2000, and in Land Use & Environmental Law Review, 2000
- ”Who Owns Nothing? The Law of Takings in Phillips v. Washington Legal Foundation” (with James E. Krier), Supreme Court Economic Review, 1999