Ronald J. Mann

Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law; Co-Director, The Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center

Ronald J. Mann

Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law; Co-Director, The Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center

Ronald Mann is the Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law and the co-director of The Charles Evans Gerber Transactional Studies Center at Columbia Law School. Mann is a nationally renowned scholar in the areas of secured credit, payment systems, and intellectual property.

His work includes appellate litigation within the Office of the Independent Counsel from 1998 to 2000. This includes the United States v. Hubbell case. Mann also served as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Justice Department in the early 1990s. Prior to that, he practiced real estate and commercial law in Houston.

Mann has held several tenured positions at various universities before joining the Law School faculty in 2007. These include the University of Michigan, University of Texas, and the Washington University School of Law.

He has authored dozens of law review articles in leading law reviews, as well as path-breaking casebooks on commercial finance, payment systems, and economic commerce.

Mann is a member of the American Law Institute; a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference; and a fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He is a commentator on the SCOTUSBlog on intellectual property and banking law; a reporter for amendments to UCC Articles 3, 4, and 4A, 2000-2003. Mann is a frequent visiting scholar at Federal Reserve Banks.

He was law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1985 to 1986. Mann also clerked for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. while he served on the Supreme Court from 1986 to 1987.

Mann reads a variety of ancient languages, including Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Old English.

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1985
  • B.A., Rice University, 1982
Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial finance
  • Payment systems
  • Secured transactions
  • Intellectual property
  • Transnational bankruptcy

Selected Publications

  • Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court: A Tale of Underenforcement, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2016
  • Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets Around the World, Cambridge University Press, 2006 (winner of the 2006 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers annual book prize)
  • Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions, Wolters Kluwer, 2016 (6th edition), 2011 (5th edition), 2008 (4th edition), 2006 (3nd edition), 2003 (2nd edition), 1999 (1st edition)
  • Electronic Commerce, (with Jane K. Winn), Wolters Kluwer, 2011 (4th edition), 2008 (3rd edition), 2005 (2nd edition), 2002 (1st edition)
  • Commercial Transactions: A Systems Approach, (with Robert M. Lawless, Lynn M. LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Daniel Keating), Wolters Kluwer, 2016 (6th edition), 2012 (5th edition) 2009 (4th edition), 2006 (3rd edition), 2003 (2nd edition), 1998 (1st edition)
  • Comprehensive Commercial Law: Statutory Supplement, (with Elizabeth Warren & Jay Lawrence Westbrook), Wolters Kluwer, 2003-2016
  • “Putting Stored-Value Cards in Their Place,” (with Liran Haim), 18 Lewis & Clark Law Review, 989, 2014
  • “A Fresh Look at State Asset Protection Trust Statutes,” 67 Vanderbilt Law Review 1741, 2014
  • “The Idiosyncrasy of Patent Examiners: The Effects of Experience and Attrition,” 92 Texas Law Review 2149, 2014
  • “Assessing the Optimism of Payday Loan Borrowers,” 21 Supreme Court Economic Review 105, 2013
  • “After the Great Recession: Regulating Financial Services for Low- and Middle-Income Communities,” 69 Washington & Lee Law Review, 729, 2012
  • “A New Look at Patent Quality: Relating Patent Prosecution to Validity,” (with Marian Underweiser), 9 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 1, 2012
  • “Saving up for Bankruptcy,” (with Katherine Porter), 98 Georgetown Law Journal 289, 2010
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Commercial Finance
Payment Systems
Payment Transactions
S. Transnational Bankruptcy