David I. Walker
Professor of Law
Professor David Walker joined the faculty of the Boston University School of Law in the fall of 2002. He was promoted to full professor in 2008. Professor Walker teaches courses in taxation, corporate law, law and economics, and the economic structure of commercial transactions, a.k.a. "deals." His research and writing reflect those interests. Recent projects include "Unpacking Backdating: Economic Analysis and Observations on the Stock Option Scandal," published in the Boston University Law Review, and "Financial Accounting and Corporate Behavior," published in the Washington and Lee Law Review.
Professor Walker is a 1998 graduate of Harvard Law School and a recipient of that school's John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics. Upon graduation, he clerked for Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then returned to Harvard Law School for a year as an Olin Fellow. Immediately prior to his arrival at BU Law, Professor Walker was an associate in the tax department at Ropes & Gray, where he had a general tax practice with an emphasis on executive compensation.
Before attending 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 U.S. arm of British Petroleum. His undergraduate degree in chemical engineering is from Vanderbilt University.