Jeff Schwartz

Curriculum Vitae

Jeff Schwartz portrait
  • William H. Leary Professor of Law, College Of Law
  • Professor, College Of Law



  • JD, Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty Scholarship Award. 05/2016
  • Dean's Scholar. 08/2015
  • Class of 2015 Distinguished Faculty Speaker. 05/2015


Professor Schwartz received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his law degree, Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Berkeley. His research centers on securities law, investment-management regulation, and retirement policy.  Recent works include "The Conflict Minerals Experiment," 6 Harvard Bus. L. Rev. 129 (2016), "The Corporatization of Personhood," 2015 Illinois Law Review 1119, "The Law and Economics of Scaled Equity Market Regulation," 39 Journal of Corporation Law 347 (2014), and "The Twilight of Equity Liquidity," 34 Cardozo Law Review 531 (2012) (reprinted in the Securities Law Review and the Corporate Practice Commentator).

Professor Schwartz has commented for a number of news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, and has testified before Congress.  Prior to entering academics, he practiced law in Southern California. He served both as in-house counsel and as a corporate attorney for Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he represented clients regarding mergers and acquisitions, corporate-governance matters, and securities-law compliance.

Professor Schwartz teaches Business Organizations, Corporate Finance, Current Issues in Securities Law, Securities Law - Private Companies, and Securities Law - Public Companies.

In the Media

  • Chana Schoenberger, When Funds Invest in Startups: The Business Can Be Lucrative for Mutual Funds. And Problematic, Wall St. J. 05/08/2017.
  • Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones, How Much Did Dodd-Frank Cost? Don’t Ask Banks, Bloomberg BNA. 02/02/2017.
  • Doug Sword, GAO Sees Better Conflict Minerals Tracking, Murky Money Trail, CQ Roll Call. 08/26/2016.
  • Che Odom, SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Unfair, Rwanda Minister Says, Bloomberg BNA. 11/25/2015.
  • James Karuhanga, Rwanda a Conflict-Free Mineral Country – Government, allAfrica. 11/19/2015.
  • Emily Chasan, House Subcommittee Testimony Calls Conflict Minerals Rule a Failure, Wall St. J. CFO J. 11/17/2015.
  • Morgan Winsor, Congo's Conflict Minerals: US Companies Struggle To Trace Tantalum, Tungsten, Tin, Gold In Their Products, Int'l Bus. Times. 09/18/2015.
  • Emily Chasan, U.S. Firms Struggle to Trace ‘Conflict Minerals,’ Wall St. J. 08/04/2015.
  • Brian Grimmett, Is Trying to Reinvent Wall Street, NPR Utah. 06/11/2015.
  • Emily Chasan, EU Readies for Vote on Conflict Minerals, Wall St. J. CFO J. 05/19/2015.