Ronald J. Mann

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

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 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
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Commercial finance
  • Payment transactions
  • Secured transactions
  • Intellectual property
  • Transnational bankruptcy

More publications:

Selected Books:

  • Bankruptcy and the 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 (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, 2003-2016) (with Elizabeth Warren & Jay Lawrence Westbrook)

Selected Articles:

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Activities and Affiliations
  • American Law Institute (member)
  • National Bankruptcy Conference (conferee)
  • American Bar Foundation (fellow)
  • 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)


Office Hours

By appointment.

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