Professor Eric Talley

Eric Talley

  • Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law

J.D., Stanford University
Ph.D. (Economics), Stanford University
B.A. (Economics and Political Science), University of California, San Diego

Areas of Specialty

Corporate Law
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Contract and Commercial Law
Economic Analysis of Law
Mergers and Acquisitions
Machine Learning
Predictive Coding

Eric Talley is an expert on the intersection of corporate law, governance, and finance. He also teaches and researches in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, quantitative methods, machine learning, contract and commercial law, alternative investments, game theory, and economic analysis of law. 

As a co-director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, Talley shapes research and programs focused on the future of corporate governance and performance. Talley is a frequent commentator in the national media, and he speaks regularly to corporate boards, judges, and regulators on issues pertaining to fiduciary duties, governance, and finance. He is the host of the Columbia-based podcast, Beyond “Unprecedented”: The Post Pandemic Economy.

Before joining Columbia Law School in 2015, Talley held permanent or visiting appointments at University of Southern California, Caltech, University of Chicago, Harvard University, Georgetown University, RAND Graduate School, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley. Talley has twice been chosen by Columbia Law’s graduating class to receive the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2017 and 2022).

He is serving (or has served) on the boards of the Society for Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association.


Activities and Affiliations

  • Faculty Co-Director, Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
  • Host, Beyond “Unprecedented”: The Post-Pandemic Economy (podcast)
  • Executive Committee Member, Columbia Data Sciences Institute
  • Immediate Past Board Chair, Society for Empirical Legal Studies, 2019–Present (Chair, 2017–19)
  • Board Member, American Law and Economics Association (Chair of Recruitment Committee) 2017–19
  • 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

On Why We Teach

“Students are often told to be on the lookout for inspiring teachers. The opposite is true as well: We’re always on the lookout for inspiring students.”

Acceptance speech on receiving the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the Class of 2017

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