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Mohsen Manesh

Professor, Faculty Director, Portland Program
Law, Law-JD
Phone: 503-412-3749
Office: 70 NW Couch St., Ste 242


Professor Manesh's teaching and research interests focus on the intersection of corporate, contract and LLC law. He has authored articles in the Boston College Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, among others. His work has been cited in leading casebooks as well as by the nation's top business law courts, including the Delaware Supreme Court, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

At Oregon Law, Professor Manesh has received the Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award, the law school's highest teaching honor. He is also the faculty director of the law school's Portland Program, which enables JD students the unique opportunity to spend their third year of law school building a portfolio of real-world experience, specialized course work, and personal connections in Oregon’s largest city

Prior to joining Oregon Law, Professor Manesh was an associate attorney in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. At Davis Wright Tremaine, Professor Manesh practiced in the areas of corporate finance and business transactions, representing a variety of clients ranging from small, venture-backed start-ups to publicly traded corporations.

Professor Manesh earned his undergraduate degree in industrial engineering summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas and his law degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University, where he was named Order of the Coif. While at Georgetown, Professor Manesh served as notes editor for the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics. As a student, his writing was awarded first place in the Journal of Business and Securities Law's Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition, honorable mention in the American Bar Association's Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition and recognized with the St. Thomas More Award from the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics.

You can follow Professor Manesh on Twitter: @MohsenManesh.

Honors and Awards

A.A.L.S. Section on Business Associations Executive Committee (2017-present).

A.A.L.S. Section on Agency, Partnerships, LLCs & Unincorporated Business Associations Executive Committee (2012-present), Chair (2016).

Orlando J. Hollis Faculty Teaching Award, University of Oregon School of Law (2013).

Visiting Scholar-in-Residence in Business and Corporate Law, Widener University School of Law Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law (2012).

First Place, Journal of Business & Securities Law Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Student Writing Competition (2006).

Honorable Mention, A.B.A. Business Law Section Mendes Hershman Student Writing Competition (2006).


Abandoned and Split But Never Reversed: Borak and Federal Court Derivative Litigation (forthcoming 2023) (co-authored with Joseph A. Grundfest).

The Corporate Contract and Shareholder Arbitration (forthcoming 2023) (co-authored with Joseph A. Grundfest).

The Corporate Contract and the Internal Affairs Doctrine, 71 Am. U. L. Rev. 501 (2021).

The Contested Edges of Internal Affairs, 87 Tenn. L. Rev. 251 (2020).

Fiduciary Principles in Unincorporated Entity Law, in The Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan J. Criddle, Paul B. Miller, and Robert H. Sitkoff, eds., Oxford University Press, 2019).

Introducing the Totally Unnecessary Benefit LLC, 97 N.C. L. Rev. 603 (2019).

Creatures of Contract: A Half-Truth about LLCs, 42 Del. J. Corp. L. 391 (2018).

The Case Against Fiduciary Entity Veil Piercing, 72 Bus. Law. 61 (2017).

Equity in LLC Law?, 44 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 93 (2016).

Dictum in Alternative Entity Jurisprudence and the Expansion of Judicial Power in Delaware, in Research Handbook on Partnerships, LLCs and Alternative Forms of Business Organizations (2015).

Nearing 30, Is Revlon Showing its Age?, 71 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 107 (2014).

Defined by Dictum: The Geography of Revlon-Land in Cash and Mixed Consideration Transactions, 59 Vill. L. Rev. 1 (2014).

Damning Dictum: The Default Duty Debate in Delaware, 39 J. Corp. L. 35 (2013).

Express Contract Terms and the Implied Contractual Covenant of Delaware Law, 38 Del. J. Corp. L. 1 (2013).

Contractual Freedom under Delaware Alternative Entity Law: Evidence from Publicly Traded LPs and LLCs, 37 J. Corp. L. 555 (2012).

Delaware and the Market for LLC Law: A Theory of Contractibility and Legal Indeterminacy, 52 B.C. L. Rev. 189 (2011).

Legal Asymmetry and the End of Corporate Law, 34 Del. J. Corp. L. 465 (2009).

The Immorality of Theft, The Amorality of Infringement, 2006 Stan. Tech. L. Rev. 5.

Indeterminacy and Self Enforcement: A Defense of Delaware's Approach to Director Independence in Derivative Litigation, 6 J. Bus. & Sec. L. 177 (2006).

The New Class Action Rule: Procedural Reforms in an Ethical Vacuum, 18 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 923 (2005).