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Karl Okamoto

Director of the Business and Entrepreneurship Law Program

Professor of Law

Professor Karl Okamoto


Office: School of Law, Room 416
Phone: 215.571.4761
Fax: 215.571.4730

Administrative Support:
Anne Marie Cellucci
Phone: 215.571.4701


An expert in corporate, venture capital, private equity and securities law and corporate finance, Karl Okamoto uses sophisticated empirical methods to investigate the most difficult problems in contemporary corporate law. 

Okamoto is a pioneer in legal education, having launched the LawMeets® and IPLawMeet® competitions, the premier "moot court" experience for students interested in a transactional practice.  He also founded Apprenet, a start-up that incorporates in-person and online simulations that allow law students and early-career practitioners to hone their transactional lawyering skills.

Okamoto practiced with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and at Dechert before working as a consultant for Soros Fund Management and becoming senior managing director for Atticus Capital LP. He served as executive officer and board member of Harvest Book Company LLC and on the board of Champps Entertainment Inc. He currently serves on the board of Cosi Inc.

Professor Okamoto previously served on the faculties of the Rutgers School of Law in Camden and the University of Alabama School of Law.

His research focuses on securities and corporate law. His articles include “Risk Taking,” in Cardozo Law Review, “After the Bailout: Regulating Systemic Moral Hazard,” in the UCLA Law Review,  “Reputation and the Value of Lawyers,” in the Oregon Law Review, and  “Oversimplification and the SEC’s Treatment of Derivative Securities Trading by Corporate Insiders,” in the Wisconsin Law Review. Two of Professor Okamoto’s articles have been chosen for republication in the prestigious Corporate Practice Commentator.

Professor Okamoto earned his J.D. at Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, managing editor of the Columbia Journal of Law & Social Problems and served on the Jessup International Moot Court Team.

Professor Okamoto is a frequent presenter to both professional and academic audiences. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Legal Times. He has been a guest blogger on The Conglomerate. Professor Okamoto has served as an expert on various corporate and securities law issues.

He has been named co-chair of the Business Law Education Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section and has served on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Minority Groups and co-organized the First Annual Asian Pacific American Law Professors’ Conference.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Corporate Governance at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.