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Pritchard, Adam C.

Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law

1039 Legal Research

Adam C. Pritchard, the Frances and George Skestos Professor of Law, teaches corporate and securities law. He is the author, with Stephen J. Choi, of Securities Regulation: Cases and Analysis, currently in its fourth edition. His research focuses on securities class actions, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and the history of securities law in the U.S. Supreme Court. His articles have appeared in the American Law and Economics Review, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations, and various law reviews. Professor Pritchard holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia, as well as an MPP from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. While at Virginia, he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and served as articles development editor of the Virginia Law Review. After graduation, he clerked for the Hon. J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. After working in private practice, Professor Pritchard served as senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the SEC, where he wrote appellate briefs and studied the effect of recent reforms in the areas of securities fraud litigation. He received the SEC's Law and Policy Award for his work in United States v. O'Hagan, in which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the misappropriation theory of insider trading. Professor Pritchard has been a visiting professor at the Northwestern University School of Law, the Georgetown University Law Center, and the University of Iowa School of Law. He also has been a visiting scholar at the SEC and a visiting fellow in capital market studies at the Cato Institute. He was previously a member of the FINRA National Adjudicatory Council and the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel.

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Co-author. Securities Law in the Sixties: The Supreme Court, the Second Circuit, and the Triumph of Purpose Over Text. Robert B. Thompson, co-author. Working Paper.
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Co-author. "Should I Stay or Should I Go? Gender Gaps in the Lateral Market for SEC Lawyers." S. J. Choi and M. Gulati, co-authors. U of Michigan Law & Economics Research Paper No. 16-036; NYU Law & Economics Research Paper No. 17-07. Working Paper.
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Enumeration and Continuity. U of Michigan Public Law & Legal Theory Research Paper No. 416. Working Paper.
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Co-author. "Securities Law and its Enforcers." S. J. Choi, co-author. In Research Handbook on Corporate Crime and Financial Misdealing, edited by J. Arlen. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Forthcoming.​

Co-author. "Lead Plaintiffs and Their Lawyers: Mission Accomplished, or More to Be Done?" S. J. Choi, co-author. In Research Handbook on Shareholder Litigation, by co-editors; edited by J Erickson, S. Griffith, V. Winship, and D. Webber. Cheltenham, U.K.: Elgar, Forthcoming.
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"Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, and Securities Law." In The Oxford Handbook of Corporate Law and Governance, edited by J. N. Gordon and W-G. Ringe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming.

Co-author. "Piling On? An Empirical Study of Parallel Derivative Suits." S. J. Choi and J. Erickson, co-authors. J. Empirical Legal Stud. 14, no. 4 (2017): 653-82.
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"Toward a Theory of Motion Practice and Settlement: Comment." J. Inst. & Theoretical Econ. 173, no. 1 (2017): 168-73.
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Co-author. "The SEC's Shift to Administrative Proceedings: An Empirical Assessment." S. J. Choi, co-author. Yale J. Reg. 34, no. 1 (2017): 1-32.
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Co-author. "Do Delaware CEOs Get Fired?" M. Jagannathan, co-author. J. Banking & Fin. 74 (2017): 85-101.
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"The SEC, Administrative Usurpation, and Insider Trading." Stan. L. Rev. Online 69 (2016): 55-63.
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Co-author. "SEC Investigations and Securities Class Actions: An Empirical Comparison." S. J. Choi, co-author. J. Empirical Legal Stud. 13, no. 1 (2016): 27-49.
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Co-author. "Carrot or Stick? The Shift from Voluntary to Mandatory Disclosure of Risk Factors." K. K. Nelson, co-author. J. Empirical Legal Stud. 13, no. 2 (2016): 266-97.
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"History Says Newman is Faithful to Dirks." (August 14, 2015).
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Co-author. Securities Regulation: Cases and Analysis. 4th ed. S. J. Choi, co-author. New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press, 2015.

"Halliburton II: A Loser's History." Duke J. Constitutional L. & Pub. Pol'y 10, no. 2 (2015): 27-55.
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"Dirks and the Genesis of Personal Benefit." S.M.U. L. Rev. 68, no. 3 (2015): 857-67.
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Participated in the annual meeting of the American Law & Economics Association, May 2015. ​

Participated in the Strategy & Risk Forum, National Association of Corporate Directors, San Diego, May 2015. ​

Presented "The Status of the Fraud on the Market Theory and Securities Class Action Post-Halliburton II," New York University School of Law, February 2015. ​

Presented "Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund," Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Symposium, Duke University School of Law, February 2015.

Presented "Public and Private Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Law—China and the World," The Chinese University of Hong Kong, December 2014. ​

Presented "Halliburton 2—The Earthquake that Didn't Happen and the Future of Securities Litigation," fall meeting of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section, November 2014. ​

Participated in the Second Annual Workshop for Corporate and Securities Litigation, University of Richmond Law School, October 2014. ​

Presented "The New Landscape of Securities Fraud Class Actions," Institute for Law and Economic Policy & Institute for Investor Protection, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 2014.

Participated in the McCarthy Tetrault Speakers Series, Western University Law School, October 2014.

Participated in the George A. Leet Business Law Symposium, Securities Disclosure: Theory and Practice, The Center for Business Law and Regulation, Case Western Reserve School of Law, October 2014.​

Co-organizer and presenter, "The NEXT" Global Conference: The Ascent of ​Global Alternative Investment, Seoul, South Korea, September 2014.

Participated in the roundtable, "Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, National Business Law Scholars Conference, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, June 2014.

Presented "The Effective General Counsel in the Boardroom," National Association of Corporate Directors, New York, May 2014. ​

Presented "Erica P. John Fund & Beyond: The Past, Present, and Future of Securities Class Actions," U.S. Chamber of Commerce, February 2014.

Presented "Corporate Law in Asia: Trends and Opportunities" to the Asia Law Society, University of Michigan Law School, February 2014.​

Participated in the Center for Law, Business, and Economics Colloquium, University of Texas School of Law, February 2014. ​