Boston University School of Law
david walker

David I. Walker

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Maurice Poch Faculty Research Scholar

Professor of Law

BE, summa cum laude, Vanderbilt University
JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School

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Phone: 617-353-3174

Areas of Expertise:

  • Taxation
  • Corporate Law
  • Executive Compensation
  • Law & Economics

Recent Course Topics:

  • Corporations
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Deals: The Economic Structure of Transactions and Contracting

Professor David Walker is the recipient of BU Law’s Michael Melton Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and Boston University’s Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching.His research lies at the intersection of taxation and corporate governance, with a particular focus on executive compensation. Recent projects include “A Tax Response to the Executive Pay Problem,” published in the Boston University Law Review, and “Evolving Executive Equity Compensation and the Limits of Optimal Contracting,” published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Professor Walker is a 1998 graduate of Harvard Law School and a recipient of Harvard's John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics.  After graduation, he clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, returned to Harvard Law School for a year as an Olin Fellow, and worked as an associate in the tax department at Ropes & Gray, where he had a general tax practice with an emphasis on executive compensation.

Prior to law school, Professor Walker enjoyed an interesting and varied career in the oil industry that included roles as a chemical engineer, crude oil trader, and assistant to the president of BP Oil Company, the US arm of British Petroleum.  His undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is from Vanderbilt University.


Book Chapters

david walker Research Handbook on the Economics of Corporate Law


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