Jill Fisch

Jill Fisch is Visiting Professor of Law at UC Berkeley. She is the Perry Golkin Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Co-Director of the Institute for Law & Economics. Fisch also holds a joint appointment (courtesy) in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School. At Penn, Fisch teaches Corporations, Corporate Governance, Comparative Corporate Governance and Securities Regulation.  Previously, Fisch was the T.J. Maloney Professor of Business Law at Fordham Law School and Founding Director of the Fordham Corporate Law Center. She has served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Fisch has lectured on corporate and securities law in China, Japan, Norway, France, Germany, Israel, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Prior to entering teaching, Fisch practiced law as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a director of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Fisch’s research focuses on corporate law, corporate governance and securities regulation. Her scholarship has appeared in a variety of publications including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Texas Law Review. Recent research focuses on shareholder voting, money market fund regulation, and securities fraud litigation. Professor Fisch is also engaged in a series of experimental projects analyzing retail investor decision-making and financial literacy. Recent publications include Does Majority Voting Improve Board Accountability? __ U. Chi. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2016) (with Stephen Choi, Marcel Kahan and Edward Rock), Corporate Governance Innovation: The Case of the Golden Leash, 164 U. Penn. L. Rev. 649 (2016) (with Matthew Cain, Sean Griffith & Steven Davidoff Solomon) and Confronting the Peppercorn Settlement in Merger Litigation: An Empirical Analysis and a Proposal for Reform, 93 Tex. L. Rev. 557 (2015) (with Sean Griffith and Steven Davidoff Solomon) (selected by the Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the Top Ten Corporate and Securities Articles of 2015). Fisch’s published articles and working papers can be accessed here.

Fisch is the recipient of various awards including the Penn LLM Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching.

At Berkeley, Fisch will be teaching Business Associations.


B.A., Cornell University (1982)
J.D., Yale Law School (1985)