Jim Wheaton

Director, Startup Law Clinic

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

BS, Wake Forest University
JD, University of Virginia School of Law

Areas of Interest
E-Commerce, Intellectual Property, Special Education and Disability Rights, Unincorporated Business Entities

Jim Wheaton is a clinical associate professor and director of the Startup Law Clinic (formerly known as the Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic), where BU Law students represent MIT and BU students in various aspects of establishing and operating early-stage business ventures and protecting intellectual property.

Wheaton joined the faculty of BU Law in 2018 after a career as a public company general counsel and partner and national practice group leader in an AmLaw100 firm. He also taught adjunct courses at the University of Virginia and William and Mary Law Schools. Wheaton’s legal practice focused on corporate and securities law. He represented companies in startup, M&A, and general corporate work in a variety of industries, as well as both issuers and underwriters in public and private securities transactions.

Wheaton became involved in the early stages of the national development of the limited liability company when he joined the drafting committee for the first Prototype Limited Liability Company Act, and since then has served as chair of the ABA Business Section’s LLCs, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities committee, and as an ABA representative to Uniform Law Commission drafting committees. He is presently the director of research for the ABA/ULC Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Unincorporated Organization Acts and is the coauthor of an LLC practice manual. In 2015, Wheaton received the Martin I. Lubaroff Award from the American Bar Association for leadership, scholarship, and service in the field of LLCs, partnerships and unincorporated entities law. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. From 2013 to 2016, Wheaton was a member of the ABA Commission on Disability Rights.

Wheaton received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Following law school, he clerked for Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Wheaton’s research interests include the intersection and reconciliation of business entity law with other legal frameworks (including bankruptcy).

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