Quinn Curtis

  • Albert Clark Tate, Jr., Professor of Law

Quinn Curtis joined the law faculty in 2011. He teaches corporations, securities and real estate law. His research focuses on empirical law and finance and includes work on mutual funds, corporate governance and corporate litigation.

Curtis received his undergraduate degrees in philosophy and physics magna cum laude from Ohio State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Yale Law Journal. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Yale School of Management in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Curtis worked as a software engineer at Microsoft Corporation.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • Ph.D.
    Yale University
  • B.A.
    Ohio State University
  • B.S.
    Ohio State University

“Do the Merits Matter? Empirical Evidence on Shareholder Suits from Options Backdating Litigation” (with Minor Myers), 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 291 (2016).

"Beyond Diversification: The Pervasive Problem of Excessive Fees and 'Dominated Funds' in 401(k) Plans" (with Ian Ayres). 124 Yale L. J. 1476 (2015).
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"Board Interlocks and Corporate Governance" (with Michal Barzuza), 39 Del. J. Corp. L.No. 3 (2015).
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“The Flawed Mechanics of Mutual Fund Fee Litigation” (with John Morley), 32 Yale J. on Reg. 1 (2015).
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"Protecting Consumer Investors by Facilitating 'Improved Performance' Competition" (with Ian Ayres), 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1 (2015). 
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“An Empirical Study of Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Litigation: Do the Merits Matter?” (with John Morley), 30 J.L. Econ. & Org. 275 (2014).

“State Foreclosure Laws and Mortgage Origination in the Subprime,” 49 J. Real Est. Fin. & Econ. 303 (2014).

“Tacking in Shifting Winds: A Short Response to Bubb and Pildes” (with Andrew Hayashi and Michael A. Livermore), 127 Harv. L. Rev. F. 204 (2014).

"Taking Exit Rights Seriously: Why Governance and Fee Litigation Don’t Work in Mutual Funds" (with John Morley), 120 Yale L.J. 84 (2010).

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Working Papers

"Coming Clean: Why Firms Choose to Restate and a New Measure of Transparency" (with Justin Hopkins and Dain Donelson).

"Do the Merits Matter? Evidence from Options Backdating Litigation with Minor Myers" (forthcoming, U. Pa. L. Rev.).

"Interlocking Board Seats and Protection for Directors after Schoon" (with Michal Barzuza) (revise and resubmit J. Legal Stud.).

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