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Brian Quinn



Brian JM Quinn is a professor at Boston College Law School. For three years, he served as BC Law’s Associate Dean for Experiential Learning. His research focuses on corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, the structuring of transactions, transactional law, and private ordering. He teaches Corporations, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Venture Capital: Financing the Start Up Enterprise. He has previously taught 1L Contracts, Deals: The Economic Structure of Transactions, Amicus Brief Clinic as well as the Corporate Counsel Externship Seminar. Quinn received the Professor Emil Slizewski Award for Faculty Excellence in 2011 and the Provost’s TWIN Award for the use of new technology in teaching in 2012. He has received ATAB grants to support the development of online course modules and experimentation with blended learning in the law school environment.

Quinn’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including the UC Davis Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, Journal of Corporation Law, Marquette Law Review, University of Richmond Law Review, the Harvard Business Law Review Online, and Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, among others. He is the co-author of a leading M&A casebook, Mergers & Acquisitions: Law, Theory and Practice (West Academic) with Steven Davidoff Solomon and Claire Hill. He is also co-author of a leading corporate law casebook, Cases and Materials on Corporations (9th Ed.) (Aspen) with John C. Coffee and Ronald J. Gilson. Quinn is also author of an open-source corporate law casebook, Introduction to the Law of Corporations: Cases and Materials (Harvard Library Innovation Lab).

Quinn is regularly cited in the media for his legal analysis and commentary on current merger transaction deal developments.

A fluent Vietnamese speaker, Quinn was the resident director for the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City from 1994-2000. Until 2018, Prof. Quinn served as a founding board member for the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam, the sponsoring entity for the Fulbright University of Vietnam, a private non-profit liberal arts university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Prior to joining BC Law, Quinn served as a teaching fellow for corporate governance and practice at Stanford Law School. He also worked in private practice with Cooley Godward in Palo Alto, where he represented public and private technology clients in merger and acquisitions transactions. He previously served as Country Coordinator for the Harvard University’s Institute for International Development, managing Harvard’s Vietnam-based teaching and research activities. Quinn began his legal career as a legislative aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, working on health and education issues.