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, and the Women in Business Law Initiative.

Click here to see the 2022-2023 BCLB Annual Bulletin


BCLB Core Faculty:

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

Abbye Atkinson— consumer debt/credit law and economic inequality

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

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

Andrew Baker — corporate finance and securities law

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

Robert P. Bartlett III–finance and business law, venture capital, and private equity transactions

Mark Brilliant— history and American studies 

Richard Buxbaum— corporate law and international law

Robert Cooter— intellectual property law and economics

Aaron Edlin— antitrust, business law, and contract theory 

Stavros Gadinis— financial regulation, antitrust and competition policy, law and development, and distributive justice 

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

Sonia Katyal— intellectual property, advertising, and technology

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

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

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

Manisha Padi— law and economics and consumer financial contracts 

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

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

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

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

Molly Van Houweling— intellectual property law and open licensing

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

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, Salesforce

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

Darek DeFreece (’93), UC Berkeley

Alan Denenberg, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Nancy Heinen (JD ’82)

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) 

Scott Kupor, Andreessen Horowitz


Jamie Leigh, Cooley

Bradford Lewis (JD ‘87), Informatica 

Irene Liu, (JD ‘o6), Hopin

Susan Mac Cormac, Morrison & Foerster

Noel Nellis (JD ’66)

Stephen Oetgen, Golden Gate Capital

Brian Patterson, Gunderson Dettmer

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, Code Advisors

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:

Abigail Appel, Graduate Fellow

Matthew Cain, Senior Fellow

Alexandra Diamant, Marketing & Client Relations Specialist, Executive Education

Lenique Frazier, Program Coordinator

Jim Gilbert, Executive Director, Executive Education

Rose Hinson, Undergraduate Fellow


Jessica Liu, Undergraduate Fellow

Angeli Patel, Executive Director

Danielle Santos, Research & Project Associate

Adam Sterling, Assistant Dean for Executive Education and Revenue Generation

Delia Violante, Associate Director 

Lily Yang, Assistant Director, Executive Education

BCLB Scholars – Class of 2025:

Each year, BCLB works with the office of admissions to select admitted students interested in business law to be BCLB Scholars.

Shahmeer Ahmad

Marit Bjornlund

Curtis Gile

Harshini Malli



Jessie Rong

Joe Ross

Joseph Woodward