David Webber

Professor of Law, School of Law

  • Title Professor of Law, School of Law
  • Office 617-358-6194
  • Education B.A., Columbia University
    J.D., New York University School of Law


David H. Webber is a leading expert on securities and investment law. His research on shareholder activism, corporate governance, and shareholder litigation has frequently been cited by courts and academics. Webber’s work is increasingly focused on the intersection of politics and investment. Public pension and labor union funds, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, and socially responsible investors are increasingly utilizing their shareholder power to pursue ends not traditionally pursued by investors. As the size and power of such investors continues to grow in the 21st century, they will change the way markets and companies operate, challenging traditional legal constraints on investor behavior. Webber addresses some of these issues in his forthcoming book about shareholder activism, to be published by Harvard University Press.

Professor Webber has published his scholarship in leading law reviews like the New York University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Journal of Corporation Law, and has presented his research at the Harvard Stanford Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies and the American Law and Economics Association conference, among others. Webber has also published op-eds in The Washington PostThe Chicago Tribune, and Reuters, and has been interviewed on a range of corporate governance and securities law issues by Nightly Business Report, NPR’s MarketplaceAgence France-PresseReuters, and others. His work has appeared several times on the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. He has testified about pension governance issues in California and New Hampshire, and has spoken at numerous practitioner-oriented conferences. He is a founding member of the Boston University Center for Finance, Law & Policy. In addition to his forthcoming book about shareholder activism, Webber is also co-editing a book about shareholder litigation, to be published by Edward Elgar Publishing.

Professor Webber joined BU Law from New York University Law School and the NYU Stern School of Business, where he was a Wagner Fellow at the Pollack Center for Law and Business. Prior to his fellowship, he spent several years litigating corporate and securities cases in New York. Professor Webber holds a BA, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and a JD from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Lederman/Milbank Fellow in Law & Business and an editor for the NYU Law Review.

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