Jeffrey N. Gordon

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy

Office: 435 West 116th St.
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-2316
Fax: (212) 854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Christopher Mark
Phone: 212-854-3739
Areas of Expertise
  • Corporations
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Foundations of the regulatory state
  • Contemporary corporate law scholarship reading group


  • B.A., Yale, 1971
  • J.D., Harvard, 1975.

Detailed Biography

Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law; Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law & Public Policy; Co-Director, Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership; Co-Director, Center for Law and Economic Studies

Professor Gordon teaches and writes extensively on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, comparative corporate governance, and, more recently, the regulation of financial institutions.  Recent articles relevant to current debates include: The Agency Costs of Agency Capitalism: Activist Investors and the Revaluation of Governance Rights, 113 Colum. L. Rev. 863 (2013) (with Ronald Gilson); Money Market Funds Run Risk: Will Floating Net Asset Value Fix the Problem? 2014 Co. Bus. L. Rev. 314 (with Christopher M. Gandia); Systemic Harms and Shareholder Value, forthcoming 2014 Journal of Legal Analysis (with John Armour); The Empty Call for Benefit Cost Analysis in Financial Regulation, forthcoming 2014 Journal of Legal Studies; and Bank Resolution in the European Banking System: A Transatlantic Perspective on What it Would Take (with Georg Ringe).  He is working on Principles of Financial Regulation with co-authors from Oxford and a revision of the Law and Finance of Corporate Acquisitions with Professor Gilson and others.

Professor Gordon graduated from Yale and Harvard Law School, clerked for a federal appeals court judge, practiced at a New York law firm, and worked in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Treasury. He began his academic career at NYU in 1982 and moved to Columbia in 1988.  While at Treasury, he worked on the Chrysler Corporation loan guarantee program and financial regulation.