Stephen B. Presser

Raoul Berger Professor of Law Emeritus
Professor of Business Law Emeritus, Kellogg School of Management (Courtesy)


Stephen Presser is a leading American legal historian and expert on shareholder liability for corporate debts. He is frequently an invited witness before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on issues of constitutional law. He holds a joint appointment with the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and also teaches in Northwestern's history department.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business Associations
  • Legal History

Selected Publications

  • An Introduction to the Law of Business Organizations, 3rd edition (Thomson/West 2010).
  • Law and Jurisprudence in American History, 8th edition (West Publishing 2013) (with Jamil Zainaldin).
  • Annual supplement to his treatise, Piercing the Corporate Veil, 2013 edition (West 2013).
  • Recapturing the Constitution: Race, Religion, and Abortion Reconsidered (Regnery 1994).

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  • AB cum laude, Harvard University
  • JD magna cum laude, Harvard University

Prior Appointments

  • Class of 1940 Research Professor, 1992-1993, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, 1979-1992, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Associate Professor of Law, 1977-1979, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Assistant Professor of Law, 1974-1977, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
  • Attorney, 1972-1974, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
  • Law Clerk, 1971-1972, Hon. Malcolm R. Wilkey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Recent Consulting Activities

  • Board of Advisors, Common Good
  • Board of Advisors, Texas Review of Law and Politics
  • Board of Advisors, Washington Legal Foundation
  • Board of Advisors, Center for Individual Rights
  • Constitutional Issues Advisor, Citizens Flag Association
  • Consultant, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

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