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Corporate law authority Ann Lipton tapped as first Fleishman Professor

July 18, 2016

2016 Lipton Fleishman Prof

Ann M. Lipton, a corporate and securities law specialist, is the inaugural Michael Fleishman Professor in Business Law & Entrepreneurship.

Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer

Tulane Law School has appointed Ann M. Lipton, a rising star in corporate and securities law, to the new Michael Fleishman Professorship in Business Law & Entrepreneurship.

Fleishman (L ’69), a senior partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll in Louisville, Kentucky, endowed the professorship in 2016 to support an early-career scholar working in business law.

Since joining the Tulane Law faculty in 2015, Lipton has quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher and a writer who can tackle complex securities issues for specialists but also distill topics for a more-general audience. In addition to producing major articles during the past year for publication in the Georgetown Law Journal, Washington University Law Review, Arizona Law Review and Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, Lipton writes weekly for the Business Law Prof Blog.

Lipton spent more than a decade handling securities and corporate litigation in New York, including a short stint with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Her research and writing focus on ways to help corporations operate better.

She has participated in conferences at Duke University, Boston University, Notre Dame and Loyola University Chicago law schools, among others. Tulane Law also has designated her as the next Gordon Gamm Faculty Scholar, a rotating annual award that supports the research and engagement of a young faculty member.

Lipton clerked for the late Judge Edward Becker when he was chief of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia and for then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter in 2001-02. She also teaches courses through Tulane University’s Murphy Institute, a multidisciplinary center that supports academic programs in political economy, ethics and public policy.

The Fleishman Professorship is one of several recent major gifts aimed at building Tulane Law’s leadership in corporate and business law. Other are the Wendy and Larry Aldrich Endowed Scholarship in Legal Entrepreneurship and the Sher Garner Fund for the Advancement of Commercial Law.

“The Fleishman Professorship will provide vital support to Tulane’s expanding strength in corporate law and entrepreneurship, and I am grateful to Michael and Brenda for their vision and generosity,” Dean David Meyer said.  “Ann Lipton is already making a mark in the field of corporate law, and this appointment recognizes her accomplishment and high promise.”

Michael M. Fleishman is recognized as one of Kentucky’s top corporate lawyers. He also has served as a director for several major corporations and for Bellarmine University in Louisville.


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