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Merritt Fox

Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

Merritt Fox

Merritt Fox is the Michael E. Patterson Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Prior to Columbia, Fox was with the University of Michigan Law School, where he taught for 15 years. He also served there as faculty director of the Center for International and Comparative Law.

Fox's  belief that law is importantly informed by the social sciences led him to pursue a Ph.D. in economics at Yale (where he also obtained his J.D.) in 1980 as a way of more deeply understanding his chosen field.  Prior to entering teaching, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, an experience which continues to inform his teaching and scholarly work.  One of his areas of practice was international lending to Latin America, which led him to spend time in Brazil.

Fox, who was a visiting professor at Columbia in the fall of 2001, teaches International Securities Law, Corporate Finance, and Securities and Capital Markets.  Fox is past chair of the Business Associations section of the American Association of Law Schools and he is co-director for corporate governance research at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan Business School.