Bernard Sharfman


Bernard Sharfman is an associate fellow of the R Street Institute and a member of the Journal of Corporation Law’s editorial advisory board. He writes extensively on corporate governance and law.

He is a former visiting assistant professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law; has been an adjunct professor of law at the George Washington University Law School and American University’s Washington College of Law; and an adjunct professor of business law at the George Washington University School of Business and the George Mason University School of Business.

His most recent papers have included: “The Importance of the Business Judgment Rule,” selected for presentation at the Wharton School’s Inaugural Conference on Business Law and Ethics; “What Shareholder Proposals on Proxy Access Tell Us about Its Value” in the online version of the Yale Journal on Regulation; “Shareholder Activism as a Corrective Mechanism in Corporate Governance,” co-written with Paul Rose for the Brigham Young University Law Review, one of four papers selected for presentation at the Weinberg Center’s Annual Symposium on Corporate Governance in March 2014; “Activist Hedge Funds in a World of Board Independence: Creators or Destroyers of Long-Term Value?” for the Columbia Business Law Review; and “A Theory of Shareholder Activism and its Place in Corporate Law,” for the Tennessee Law Review.

In addition, he contributes posts on corporate governance and law to both the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation and Columbia Law School’s Blue Sky Blog.

Bernard received his juris doctor in 2000 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an executive editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics and the recipient of the journal’s Saint Thomas More Award. He also served as the keynote speaker at the Journal of Corporation Law’s 2012 spring banquet.