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Business and Entrepreneurship Program Full-Time Faculty

Professor Karl S. Okamoto

Karl S. Okamoto

Business and Entrepreneurship Program Director Karl S. Okamoto was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and at Dechert, LLP before working as a consultant for Soros Fund Management and becoming senior managing director for Atticus Capital, LLC. A former executive officer and board member of Harvest Book Company, LLC, he was a director of Champps Entertainment Inc. and currently serves on the board of Cosi Inc. His scholarship includes articles in the UCLA Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review and the Journal of Legal Education, among others


Dean Roger J. Dennis

Roger J. Dennis

Dean Roger J. Dennis is an expert in securities, antitrust, corporate law and the interplay between law and economics. Dean Dennis was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom after serving as a trial attorney and special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has held an elected seat on the American Law Institute for nearly two decades and chaired numerous committees of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education as well as the Association of American Law Schools. His publications include articles in Publius, the Maryland Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.


Professor Amelia Boss

Amelia Boss

Professor of Law Amy Boss is an internationally recognized expert on legal issues in electronic commerce, a widely published scholar on codifying international commercial law through treaty, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the first professor and second woman to chair the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Professor Boss worked with the White House and the Department of Commerce under former President Bill Clinton to draft a position paper on global commerce that laid the foundation for U.S. policy in this arena. A member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code, she has been an integral part of the modernization of commercial law throughout the United States.


Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado

Adam Benforado’s principal interest is in applying insights from the mind sciences—most notably embodied cognition, moral psychology and implicit social cognition—to law and legal theory. He is particularly focused on issues arising in corporate law, contract law and criminal law.

His recent scholarly work includes three chapters in "Ideology, Psychology, and Law" (Oxford University Press) and articles in the Emory Law Journal (four articles), Maryland Law Review, Indiana Law JournalCardozo Law ReviewOregon Law ReviewFlorida State University Law ReviewSt. Louis University Law Journal, Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal, and Topics in Cognitive Science.


Professor Norman Stein

Norman P. Stein

Norman Stein was previously the Douglas Arant Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, teaching federal taxation, business organizations, labor law and tax policy. He has served as counsel to the American Association of Retired Persons, was a consultant to the General Accounting Office, taught in the IRS General Counsel's continuing education program and has testified before Congress on pension issues. Professor Stein's scholarship focuses chiefly on employee benefits law, federal taxation and social insurance. His articles have appeared in The Tax Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review and Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. He is also the co-author of the treatise, “Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans,” and a contributor to the WestLaw textbook “Family Wealth Management.”


Thomas A. Kennedy

J.D., Washington University School of Law B.A.,
St. Joseph's University

Professor Kennedy is an attorney with the Portfolio Legal Services division of Versa Capital Management, Inc. He is counselor to a private equity fund with more than $900 million of committed capital under management and counselor to portfolio company investments. He was previously a partner in the Corporate and Securities Group of Pepper Hamilton, LLP and general manager with West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.

Steven Rosard

J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton

Currently the principal and owner of Rosard Law Firm LLC, Professor Rosard provides strategic legal advice and representation to emerging businesses for corporate, commercial securities and general business transactions. He is the former vice president and senior corporate counsel to Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., and previously practiced with Braemer, Abelson & Hitchner in Philadelphia and with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo in Boston.

Robert Tomilson

J.D., Washington University School of Law
M.A., University of Illinois
B.A., University of New Hampshire

Professor Tomilson is a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Group and co-chair of the Reinsurance Practice Group, where he advises both insurers and reinsurers in their disputes as well as transactions involving life, health, disability, personal accident, property, casualty, surety and annuity products and policies. He regularly represents clients in domestic and international arbitration subject to UNCITRAL, ICC, AAA and ARIAS rules and he has been a testifying expert in such proceedings. Professor Tomilson was appointed as an adviser to the American Law Institute for an upcoming treatise, "Principles of the Law of Liability." He is a published author and was a DAAD-Fulbright Scholar in Regensburg, Germany. Prior to returning to private practice, he was senior counsel at CIGNA Corporation, where he managed all legal aspects of the company's reinsurance operations.