Robert B. Thompson joined the law faculty in 2000 from Washington University School of Law, where he was George Alexander Madill Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. He holds the New York Alumni Chancellor's Chair at Vanderbilt.
One of the nation's top scholars in corporations law, corporate finance, and securities regulation, Professor Thompson has published several leading books and articles in these and related fields, often including innovative empirical research. He has served since 1991 as editor of the Corporate Practice Commentator. He has testified before committees of Congress, a state legislature, and the New York Stock Exchange, served as an adviser for the American Law Institute's Restatement (Third) of Agency and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2004-05 he chairs the University Faculty Senate. A dedicated teacher, Professor Thompson teaches corporations, securities regulation, and co-teaches joint law and business courses on equity markets and business mergers and acquisitions.