Richard Booth

Professor of Law

Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law


   Professor Booth joined the faculty in 2007 as the first Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law. He came to Villanova from the University of Maryland School of Law where he was the Marbury Research Professor of Law. Professor Booth earned his A.B. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, he practiced with Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine, in the area of corporate and securities litigation. In 1982, he joined the faculty at Southern Methodist University, later moving to Case Western Reserve University, and then to the University of Maryland. In addition, he has taught at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland), George Washington University, the Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

   He is author or co-author of or a contributor to more than a dozen books, including Financing the Corporation (West), Business Basics for Law Students (Aspen), and Cases and Materials on Corporation Finance (West) and has published over sixty articles in scholarly journals as well as more than a hundred pieces in the popular press including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Professor Booth’s recent scholarship has focused on securities fraud class actions, executive compensation, and business valuation, and in particular the implications of investor diversification for corporate governance generally.

   Professor Booth is a admitted to the bar in New York and Texas and is a member of the American Law Institute and Phi Beta Kappa. He teaches Corporate Finance, Business Planning & Venture Capital, and Securities Litigation Seminar, and is the principal author of the materials for the Business Literacy Module, in which he also serves as an instructor.

Practice Experience

  • Associate Attorney, Donovan Leisure Newton
    & Irvine, New York.
  • Joined the faculty in 2007
Professor Richard Booth

Office: Rm 227, Law School Building
Phone: 610-519-7068
Fax: 610-519-6837


Courses and Seminars

  • Business Planning
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities Litigation Enforcement


Yale Law School, J.D.

University of Michigan, A.B. (with high distinction) (philosophy)