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Commercial Law Faculty

  • Larry Catá Backer

    Professor Larry Backer researches globalization, especially as it relates to the emergence of ways of understanding constitutional and enterprise law. His most recent work touches on the regulation of multinational corporations, sovereign wealth funds, transnational constitutionalism, and the convergence of public and private law. He researches issues of governments as private actors in global markets, the development of law and social norm systems to regulate business and human rights.

    He teaches classes in constitutional, corporate, and transnational law and policy. Professor Backer is a member of the American Law Institute and the European Corporate Governance Institute. He served as chair of the Penn State University Faculty Senate for 2012-2013.

  • Christopher C. French

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  • Julia Lee

    Professor Lee’s research interests are in the fields of financial regulation and commercial law, with a focus on strategic decision-making and the impact of legal rules and social norms on human behavior. Prior to joining Penn State Law, she was a senior regional attorney with the FDIC in Chicago, where she advised on the supervision of troubled banks and conducted prohibition and removal actions against bank officers and directors. Previous to that, she was an associate in the securities practice group of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she counseled broker-dealers and other financial institutions on compliance with federal securities laws and self-regulatory organization rules.

  • John Lopatka

    Professor John Lopatka is one of the nation's leading antitrust scholars, having published over forty articles in the areas of antitrust, economic analysis of law, and regulated industries. He co-authored the multi-volume treatise Federal Antitrust Law and The Microsoft Case: Antitrust, High Technology, and Consumer Welfare, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. 

  • Marie T. Reilly

    Marie T. Reilly is a professor at Penn State Law and an expert in bankruptcy and commercial law. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2008 to 2015. Prior to joining the Penn State faculty, she was a professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Before she became a law teacher, she practiced law with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Schiff Hardin in Chicago, Illinois. She teaches contracts, bankruptcy, and commercial law subjects and co-teaches a bootcamp-style course on business fundamentals for law students. Her scholarship considers legal responses to insolvency problems in light of economic, political, and social influences over time. She is a co-author of a law school casebook on secured transactions.

  • Tom Sharbaugh

    Professor Tom Sharbaugh brings more than 35 years of practice experience to the classroom. Until earlier this year, he was the firm-wide managing partner of operations at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, based in Philadelphia, a position he held for over 14 years.  In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the global law firm with more than 3,100 personnel. As a partner in the firm's Business & Finance Practice Group, he has represented a wide variety of clients in transactional and corporate matters, including private equity funds in M&A and investment transactions.