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About Karl Okamoto

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.


Present Director of Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Present Professor of Law, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

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Drexel University, Thomas R. Kline School of Law
3320 Market Street, Room 416
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 571.4761


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