Lawrence A. Hamermesh

Prof. Lawrence A. Hamermesh

Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law, Widener University School of Law

Lawrence A. Hamermesh is the Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Widener's Delaware campus and former Director of the Widener Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law. Professor Hamermesh received a B.A. from Haverford College in 1973, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1976. 

Following graduation from law school, Professor Hamermesh worked as Associate Attorney with Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware, from 1976-84, and was a partner at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell from 1985-94. 

Professor Hamermesh joined the faculty at Widener in 1994 as Associate Professor of Law. Professor Hamermesh is admitted to practice in Delaware, and he teaches and writes in the areas of Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, Business Organizations, Corporate Takeovers, and Professional Responsibility. 

Professor Hamermesh was elected in 1999 as a member of the American Law Institute. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Corporation Law Council of the Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association, which is responsible for the annual review and modernization of the Delaware General Corporation Law, and was Chair of the Council from 2002-2004. 

In 2001, Professor Hamermesh was elected as a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association Business Law Section, which supervises the drafting and revision of the Model Business Corporation Act. Professor Hamermesh is also a member of the Board of Directors of ACLU Delaware, Inc., and the national board of directors of the ACLU. 

Professor Hamermesh has been active in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union Delaware (President since 1996-2003) and Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc. (Treasurer and Director from 1992 to 2000). In 2002-2003, Professor Hamermesh served as the Reporter for the American Bar Association Task Force on Corporate Responsibility. 

  • B.A., Haverford College
  • J.D., Yale Law School


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