David Yosifon

David G. Yosifon

Peter Canisius, S.J. Professor of Law

Professor Yosifon teaches Business Organizations and Professional Responsibility.  His scholarship focuses on corporate governance law and corporate social responsibility.  He is the author of Corporate Friction: How Corporate Law Impedes American Progress and What To Do About It (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Yosifon’s scholarship has appeared in numerous law journals, and his opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Professor Yosifon joined the Santa Clara University Law School faculty in 2006.  He was born and raised in New Jersey.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (’02, magna cum laude), Carnegie Mellon University (’97, M.A., American Social History), and Rutgers University (’95, B.A., History and Philosophy, summa cum laude).  After graduating law school, Yosifon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and worked as a litigation associate at the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray, LLP.

When not teaching and writing, Professor Yosifon enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and coaching youth sports.


J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2002

M.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 1997

B.A., summa cum laude, Rutgers University, 1995

Areas of Specialization

Business Law, Legal Ethics, Legal Theory

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