Richard Booth

Professor of Law
Martin G. McGuinn Chair in Business Law


Richard Booth joined the Villanova 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. Booth earned his AB from the University of Michigan and his JD 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.

Booth is the author or co-author of or a contributor to numerous books, including Financing the Corporation (West), Business Basics for Law Students (Aspen), Cases and Materials on Corporation Finance (West), and the West Blackletter on Corporation Law. He has published over sixty articles in scholarly journals as well as many pieces in the popular press including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Bloomberg’s SCOTUS Blog. 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 finance and governance generally.

Booth is a member of the New York and Texas bars, as well as the bar of the United States Supreme Court. He is a life member of the American Law Institute and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. At Villanova, heteaches Corporate Finance, Business Planning & Venture Capital, and Securities Litigation Seminar.

Practice Experience

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

Office: Rm 227, John F. Scarpa Hall
Phone: 610-519-7068
Fax: 610-519-6837


Courses and Seminars

  • Business Organizations
  • Business Planning & Venture Capital
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities Litigation Seminar


  • Yale Law School, JD
  • University of Michigan, AB
    (with high distinction) (philosophy)