Steven Davidoff Solomon is a Professor of Law and Faculty Director for the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He is one of the nation’s most well-known authorities on corporate law. His research focuses on the intersection of law and finance with a particular focus on corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets. He is the author of one of the leading casebooks on mergers and acquisitions. In the past four years, four of his law review articles have been selected as being among the “top ten” articles published in corporate and securities law in their respective years, among the 400+ articles that are published each year, by scholars in the field. He has also published in leading peer-reviewed finance and economic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics and the American Law & Economics Review.
Professor Davidoff Solomon writes a weekly column for The New York Times as The Deal Professor, which primarily focuses on corporate issues. He also has written in trade journals such as The Atlantic, lectures, has testified before the U.S. Senate, and is frequently quoted in the national media on issues related to capital markets and mergers and acquisitions. The National Association of Corporate Directors has thrice named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the United States corporate boardroom community.
Professor Davidoff Solomon is regularly involved in major public company deals and has been an expert witness in litigation involving numerous high-profile transactions.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Davidoff Solomon practiced as a corporate attorney for about nine years with Shearman & Sterling in its New York and London offices and with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its London office.
Professor Davidoff Solomon graduated from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, cum laude. He has a master’s degree in finance from the London Business School.