Catherine M. Sharkey

Prof. Catherine M. Sharkey

Crystal Eastman Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Catherine Sharkey is the Crystal Eastman Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. She is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the economic loss rule, punitive damages, and federal preemption. She has published more than fifty articles, essays, and book chapters in the fields of torts, products liability, administrative law, remedies, and class actions. Sharkey is co-author with Richard Epstein of Cases and Materials on Torts (11th edition, 2016) and co-editor with Saul Levmore of Foundations of Tort Law (2nd edition, 2009). She is a founding member of the World Tort Law Society, established in 2012, and an elected member of the American Law Institute. Sharkey is an appointed public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and an adviser to the ALI Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm. She was a 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow. Sharkey received her BA in economics summa cum laude from Yale University. A Rhodes Scholar, she received an MSc in economics for development, with distinction, from Oxford University, and her JD from Yale Law School, where she was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking for Judge Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David H. Souter of the US Supreme Court, Sharkey practiced appellate litigation before joining the faculty of Columbia Law School. She joined NYU School of Law in 2007.


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