Ronald J. Mann

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

Ronald J. Mann

Ronald
J.
Mann
Albert E. Cinelli Enterprise Professor of Law; Co-Director, Charles Evans Gerber Program in Transactional Studies

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

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

Prior to joining Columbia Law School, his work includes appellate litigation within the Office of the Independent Counsel from 1998 to 2000.  Assistant to the Solicitor General, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 1991-1994.  Dow, Cogburn & Friedman from 1987-1991.  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 clerked for Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. while he served on the Supreme Court from 1986 to 1987.  He was law clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1985 to 1986.

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 has authored several books, including Bankruptcy and the U.S. Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press 2017); Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets around the World "Winner of 2006 annual book prize from the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers" (Cambridge U. Press 2006); Payment Systems and other Financial Transactions (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2016) (5th ed. 2011; 4th ed. 2008; 3rd ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2003; 1st ed. 1999); Electronic Commerce (4th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2011; 3rd ed. 2008) (2nd ed. 2005; 1st ed. 2002) (with Jane K. Winn); Commercial Finance: A Transactional Approach (Foundation Press 2017), Commercial Transactions: A Systems Approach (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2016) (5th ed. 2012; 4th ed. 2009; 3rd ed. 2006; 2nd ed. 2003; 1st ed. 1998) (with Robert M. Lawless, Lynn M. LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Daniel Keating); and Comprehensive Commercial Law: Statutory Supplement (Wolters Kluwer 2003-2018) (with Elizabeth Warren & Jay Lawrence Westbrook).

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.

Mann received his J.D. from University of Texas at Austin, 1985 and his B.A. from Rice University, Houston, Texas, 1982.

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

Education
  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1985
  • B.A., Rice University, 1982
Areas of Expertise
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Commercial finance
  • Payment transactions
  • Secured transactions
  • Intellectual property
Publications

Selected Books:

  • Bankruptcy and the U.S. Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
  • Charging Ahead: The Growth and Regulation of Payment Card Markets Around the World "Winner of the 2006 American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers" (Cambridge University Press, 2006)
  • Commercial Finance: A Transactional Approach (Foundation 2017)
  • Payment Systems and Other Financial Transactions, (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2016 ), (5th ed. 2011, 4th ed. 2008, 3rd ed. 2006, 2nd ed. 2003, 1st ed. 1999)
  • Electronic Commerce (4th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2011), (3rd ed. 2008, 2nd ed., 2005, 1st ed. 2002) (with Jane K. Winn)
  • Commercial Transactions: A Systems Approach (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2016) (5th ed. 2012, 4th ed. 2009, 3rd ed. 2006, 2nd ed. 2003, 1st ed.1998) (with Robert M. Lawless, Lynn M. LoPucki, Elizabeth Warren & Daniel Keating)
  • Comprehensive Commercial Law: Statutory Supplement (Wolters Kluwer, 2003-2018) (with Elizabeth Warren & Jay Lawrence Westbrook)

Selected Articles:

Activities and Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (member)
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (conferee)
  • SCOTUSBlog, IP and Banking Law Commentator
  • Reporter, Amendments to UCC Articles 3, 4, and 4A (2000-2003)
  • Member, ALI Advisory Group on UCC and Holder in Due Course Policy (2014)
  • ALI Adviser, ULC Drafting Committee on Mortgage Registries (2016)

 

Professional Experience
  • Office of the Independent Counsel (1998-2000)
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (1991-1994) (argued eight Supreme Court cases and wrote briefs on the merits in forty Supreme Court cases)
  • Dow, Cogburn & Friedman (1987-1991) (real estate and commercial law)
  • Law Clerk to Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. (1986-1987)
  • Law Clerk to Judge Joseph T. Sneed, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, California (1985-1986)
Office Hours

By appointment.

Courses
Bankruptcy Law
Commercial Finance
Deals
Payment Systems
Payment Transactions
S. Transnational Bankruptcy