Peter P. Weidenbruch, Jr. Professor of Business Law

Robert B. Thompson

B.A., Vanderbilt; J.D., University of Virginia







Jess Dowd


McDonough Hall 460

Professor Thompson teaches courses in the corporate and securities area, including mergers and limited liability.  He joined the Georgetown faculty in 2010 after visiting in 2009-10. Previous positions include service as the New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Vanderbilt University and the George Alexander Madill Professor of Law at Washington University. He has visited at New York University and Northwestern University and has taught intensive courses at the University of Sydney. He has authored or co-authored casebooks on corporations and on mergers, treatises on Close Corporations and Oppression of Minority Shareholders and LLC Members, and more than 50 articles. Professor Thompson has testified before committees of Congress, a state legislature, and the New York Stock Exchange. He has served since 1991 as editor of the Corporate Practice Commentator, served as an adviser for the American Law Institute’s Restatement (Third) of Agency and chaired two sections of the Association of American Law Schools.

Robert B. Thompson, Mergers and Acquisitions: Law and Finance (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 4th ed. 2022).
Research Handbook on Corporate Purpose and Personhood (Elizabeth Pollman & Robert B. Thompson eds., Northampton, Mass.: Edward Elgar 2021).


Charles R.T. O’Kelley & Robert B. Thompson, Corporations and Other Business Associations: Selected Statutes, Rules, and Forms (New York: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business 2017-2020) (publishing annual editions).

Corporate Practice Commentator (Robert B. Thompson ed., St. Paul, Minn.: Thomson Reuters 1991-2020) (publishing annual editions).

JUNE 22, 2021

GOLDMAN RULING UNLIKELY TO MOVE NEEDLE ON CLASS ACTIONS,” coverage by Law 360, June 22, 2021, featuring Professor Robert B. Thompson

APRIL 24, 2020

US BUSINESSES WANT IMMUNITY FROM CORONAVIRUS LAWSUITS,” coverage in Quartz, April 24, 2020, featuring Professor Robert Thompson.  

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