David H. Webber

Professor of Law

Paul Siskind Scholar

Areas of Interest
Civil Procedure, Corporate, Business & Transactional Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Shareholder Activism & Litigation

David H. Webber is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, published by Harvard University Press. Webber toured extensively for the book and published op-eds about it in the New York Timesthe Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and elsewhere. It was reviewed or otherwise covered in the New York Review of Books, the Financial Times (and here)Publisher’s WeeklyBloomberg Radio, CSPAN’s BookTV, Forbes, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, the Harvard OnLabor blogCornell University’s ILR ReviewRorotoko, de Volkskrant, Calcalist, Splinter News, The National Review and Dissent. The book was published in Korean in 2020. Webber has been interviewed on a range of corporate governance matters and has advised policymakers on pension and investment issues.

Webber co-edited a second book, Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation (Elgar), published in November 2018. He has published scholarly articles in the New York University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review 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. His coauthored article, “Shareholder Value(s): Index Fund ESG Activism and the New Millennial Corporate Governance,” was selected as one of the top ten corporate and securities law articles of 2020 in a national survey of law scholars by Corporate Practice Commentator.

Webber is the winner of Boston University School of Law’s 2017 Michael Melton Award for Teaching Excellence, and the dean’s award for service to the law school in 2020 and 2021. He also co-teaches the Pensions and Capital Stewardship course for the Harvard Trade Union program at Harvard Law School. He is a graduate of Columbia and NYU Law School, where he was an editor for the law review.

Watch: Professor David Webber discusses The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon
  1. David Webber, "Are We Ready for the Next Recession?" review of Yair Listokin, Law and Macroeconomics: Legal Remedies to Recessions, Harvard University Press (2019), 22 Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies 10 (2021).
  2. David Webber, Michal Barzuza & Quinn Curtis, "Shareholder Value(s): Index Fund ESG Activism and the New Millennial Corporate Governance," 93 Southern California Law Review 1243 (2020).
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  3. David Webber, "The Other Janus and the Future of Labor’s Capital," 72 Vanderbilt Law Review 2087 (2019).
  4. David Webber, "Reforming Pensions While Retaining Shareholder Voice," in Symposium Institutional Investor Activism in the 21st Century: Responses to a Changing Landscape, 99 Boston University Law Review 1001 (2019).
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  5. Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation, David Webber, Sean Griffith, Jessica Erickson & Verity Winship, eds., Edward Elgar Publishing (2018).
  6. David Webber, The Rise of the Working Class Shareholder: Labor’s Last Best Weapon, Harvard University Press (2018).
  7. David Webber, "Lead Plaintiffs and Lead Counsel in Deal Litigation," in Research Handbook on Mergers & Acquisitions 319, Claire A. Hill & Steven D. Solomon, eds., Edward Elgar (2016). Publisher | SSRN | Scholarly Commons
  8. David Webber & Adam Badawi, "Does the Quality of the Plaintiffs’ Law Firm Matter in Deal Litigation?" 41 Journal of Corporation Law 359 (2015).
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  9. David Webber, "Shareholder Litigation Without Class Actions," 57 Arizona Law Review 201 (2015).
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  10. David Webber, "Private Policing of Mergers & Acquisitions: An Empirical Assessment of Institutional Lead Plaintiffs in Transactional Class and Derivative Actions," 38 Delaware Journal of Corporate Law 907 (2014).
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  11. David Webber, "The Use and Abuse of Labor's Capital," 89 New York University Law Review 2106 (2014).
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  12. David Webber, "The Plight of the Individual Investor in Securities Class Actions," 106 Northwestern University Law Review 157 (2012).
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  13. David Webber, "Is 'Pay-to-Play' Driving Public Pension Fund Activism in Securities Class Actions? An Empirical Study," 90 Boston University Law Review 2031 (2010). Reprinted in 2011 Securities Law Review § 5:1 and in 53:1 Corporate Practice Commentator 219 (2011).
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