About Us

The Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB) is Berkeley Law’s hub for rigorous, relevant, and empirically-based research, education, and programming on the interrelationships of the law, business, and the economy. Our areas of focus include venture capital and entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. BCLB’s marquee initiatives include Business in Society Institute, Executive Education at Berkeley Law, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, Art, Law, and Finance Project, and the Women in Business Law Initiative.

Click here to see the 2022-2023 BCLB Annual Bulletin

(You can view past BCLB annual bulletins here.)



BCLB Faculty Director:

Stavros Gadinis Stavros Gadinis corporate law, corporate governance, and financial regulation

BCLB Core Faculty:

Abhay Aneja

Abhay Aneja— law and economics, law of democracy, social inequality, and criminal justice

Abbye Atkinson

Abbye Atkinson— consumer debt/credit law and economic inequality


Kenneth Ayotte

Kenneth M. Ayotte— bankruptcy law, corporate finance, and law and economics


Adam Badawi

Adam Badawi— business law, shareholder litigation, and debt finance


Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker — corporate finance and securities law


Ken bamberger

Kenneth Bamberger— administrative law, regulation of technology, and corporate compliance

Richard M. Buxbaum

Richard Buxbaum— corporate law and international law



Robert D. Cooter

Robert Cooter— intellectual property law and economics



Dhammika DharmapalaDhammika Dharmapala— corporate finance and securities regulation, law and economics, tax law and policy

Aaron S. Edlin

Aaron Edlin— antitrust, business law, and contract theory 


Ofer EldarOfer Eldarbusiness associations, corporate finance and securities regulation, law and economics

jonah gelbach

Jonah Gelbach— law and economics, civil procedure, evidence, securities litigation



sonia katyalSonia Katyal— intellectual property, advertising, and technology

Prasad KrishnamurthyPrasad Krishnamurthy— financial regulation, antitrust and competition policy, law and development, and distributive justice

Katerina Linos

Katerina Linos— international law, comparative law, and European Union law


Adair Morse— consumer finance, venture finance, impact investing, FinTech, and corruption 

Manisha Padi

Manisha Padi— law and economics and consumer financial contracts

Frank Partnoy


Frank Partnoy–law and finance, business associations, financial fraud, and securities litigation


Panos N. Patatoukas— micro and macro interdisciplinary capital markets research

Victoria Plaut


Victoria Plaut— law and psychology and inclusion and diversity in tech

Daniel Rubinfeld


Daniel Rubinfeld— antitrust, federalism, public economics, state and local finance, economics of litigation, and applied econometrics

Veronica Aoki Santarosa

Veronica Aoki Santarosa— banking and financial regulation, law and economics, legal history

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Rachel Stern— legal profession, authoritarian legality, political science, social change and globalization, environmental regulation

Molly Van Houweling

Molly Van Houweling— intellectual property law and open licensing


Nancy E. Wallace— mortgage contracting, pricing, securitization, and market structures, underwriting energy efficiency in commercial mortgages, and the valuation of executive stock options.  

BCLB Executive Advisory Board:

Allison Bennington (’85), PJT Camberview Partners

Steven E. Bochner (JD ’81), Wilson Sonsini

Wei Chen, Inflobox

Paul T. Clark (JD ’80), Seward & Kissel

Darek DeFreece (’93), UC Berkeley

Alan Denenberg, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Nancy Heinen (JD ’82), Duarte, Inc.

Marie Oh Huber, eBay

Michele Johnson, Latham & Watkins

Stephen L. Johnson (JD/MBA ’83), American Airlines

Karen King, Silver Lake

Kenton King (JD ’87), Skadden

Ethan Klingsberg, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Kyle Krpata, Weil Gotshal & Manges

John W. Kuo (JD ’88), Mirion Technologies, Inc.

Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz


Jamie Leigh, Cooley

Bradford Lewis (JD ‘87), Informatica 

Irene Liu, (JD ‘o6), Hypergrowth GC

Susan Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster

Noel Nellis (JD ’66)

Stephen Oetgen, Mountain Advisory Co.

Brian Patterson, Latham & Watkins

Leo J. Pircher (JD ’57)

Richard K. Roeder (JD ’73), Vance Street Capital

Joel Sanders (JD ’82), Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Kristin Sverchek (‘04), Lyft

Steven Tonsfeldt (JD ’87), Cooley

Richard Trachok, McDonald Carano

Ross Weiner, AXOM Partners

Shawn Williams, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd 

Mitchell S. Zuklie (JD ’96), Orrick

In fond memory of:

Scott T. Carey (JD ‘61), In Memoriam

Leo Helzel (LLM ‘92), In Memoriam 

BCLB Staff:

Core Staff:

Angeli-PatelAngeli Patel,
Executive Director 




Image of Delia Violante Delia Violante,
Associate Director




Lenique Frazier

Lenique Frazier,
Program Coordinator

Additional Staff:

Yahaira Balderas, Undergraduate Fellow

Juan Pablo Blanco, Undergraduate Fellow

Matthew Cain, Senior Fellow

Alexandra Diamant, Marketing & Client Relations Specialist for Executive Education

Jim Gilbert, Executive Director for Executive Education

Ella Heimbrodt, Undergraduate Fellow

Irene Li, Graduate Fellow

Arman Mondared, Graduate Fellow

Valerie Giselle Rayo, Undergraduate Fellow

Adam Sterling, Assistant Dean for Executive Education and Revenue Generation

Lily Yang, Assistant Director for Executive Education