An expert in corporate, venture capital, private equity and securities law and
corporate finance, Karl Okamoto uses sophisticated empirical methods to investigate the
most difficult problems in contemporary corporate law. He has also developed
path-breaking approaches to teaching transactional lawyering. 

He practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was a partner at Kirkland
& Ellis and at Dechert before working as a consultant for Soros Fund Management and
becoming senior managing director for Atticus Capital LP. He served as executive officer
and board member of Harvest Book Company LLC and on the board of Champps Entertainment
Inc. He currently serves on the board of Cosi Inc. 

Professor Okamoto previously served on the faculties of the Rutgers School of Law in
Camden and the University of Alabama School of Law. 

His research focuses on securities and corporate law. His articles include “Risk Taking,”
in Cardozo Law Review, “After the Bailout: Regulating Systemic Moral Hazard,” in the UCLA
Law Review, “Reputation and the Value of Lawyers,” in the Oregon Law Review, and
“Oversimplification and the SEC’s Treatment of Derivative Securities Trading by Corporate
Insiders,” in the Wisconsin Law Review. Two of Professor Okamoto’s articles have been
chosen for republication in the prestigious Corporate Practice Commentator. 

Professor Okamoto earned his J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where he was the
Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social
Problems and served on the Jessup International Moot Court Team. 

Professor Okamoto is a frequent presenter to both professional and academic audiences.
His opinion pieces have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Legal Times. He has
been a guest blogger on The Conglomerate. Professor Okamoto has served as an expert on
various corporate and securities law issues. 

He has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools
Section on Minority Groups and co-organized the First Annual Asian Pacific American Law
Professors’ Conference. In 2010, Professor Okamoto developed the inaugural National
Transactional Lawyering Meet, an unprecedented competition that tests students'
deal-making skills. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Corporate
Governance at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. 



Risk-Taking (with Douglas O. Edwards), Cardoza Law Review (2010)

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Teaching Transactional Lawyering, Drexel Law Review (2009)


After the Bailout: Regulating Systemic Moral Hazard, UCLA Law Review (2009)

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Measuring the Tax Subsidy in Private Equity and Hedge Fund Compensation (with Thomas J. Brennan), Hastings Law Journal (2008)



Legal Profession as Subject: A Bibliography, AALS Workshop on Transactional Law (2009)

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