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Brian Quinn

Associate Professor


Brian JM Quinn joined Boston College Law School in 2008. He teaches Corporations, Corporations Lab, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mergers & Acquisitions Lab, as well as Deals: The Economic Structure of Transactions.

Prof. Quinn's research focuses on corporate law, the structuring of transactions, transactional law, and private ordering.

Prof. Quinn joined the law school from Stanford Law School where he was the Teaching Fellow for Corporate Governance & Practice. Prior to his position at Stanford, Prof. Quinn was in private practice with Cooley Godward in Palo Alto, where he represented public and private technology clients in merger and acquisitions transactions. Prof. Quinn also previously served as country coordinator for the Harvard University’s Institute for International Development, managing Harvard’s Vietnam-based teaching and research activities. Prof. Quinn got his start as a legislative aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy working on health and education issues.

Prof. Quinn writes on corporate law, transaction structures and private ordering. His work has appeared in numerous journals including the UC Davis Law Review, University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Journal of Corporation Law, and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law among others.

Prof. Quinn recently served three years as Associate Dean for Experiential Learning at BC Law.

Prof. Quinn is a regularly cited in the media for his legal analysis and commentary on current merger transaction deal developments. Prof. Quinn also blogs on legal developments in corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions at the M&A Law Prof Blog.


In addition, Prof. Quinn has written extensively on issues of legal reform in post-Socialist Asia, particularly Vietnam. From 1994-2000, Prof. Quinn was the resident director for the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City. From 2012-2018, Prof. Quinn served as a founding board member on the board of the Trust for University Innovation in Vietnam (TUIV). TUIV is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to improve institutional innovation in Vietnam’s system of higher education and the sponsoring entity for the Fulbright University of Vietnam, a new private non-profit liberal arts university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 



Prof. Quinn received the 2011 Professor Emil Slizewski Award for Faculty Excellence and the Provost’s 2012 TWIN Award for the use of new technology in teaching. Prof. Quinn has received ATAB grants to support the development of online courses and experimentation with blended learning in the law school environment.