Eric C. Chaffee, JD

Professor of Law
School of Law
Peter M. Gerhart Distinguished Research Scholar
School of Law
Graduate Programs in Compliance and Risk Management
School of Law
Risk Management and Financial Integrity Institute
School of Law
Associate Director
Center for Business Law
School of Law

Eric Chaffee is an expert in and teaches courses relating to business law, contract law, law & technology, and taxation. Over the course of his career, he has received numerous awards for his teaching.

A prolific writer, Professor Chaffee’s scholarship focuses on business law with an emphasis on compliance, cyberlaw, securities regulation, taxation and business ethics. He is an author of the leading treatise on securities regulation in cyberspace. His work has been accepted for publication in numerous law reviews, including the Boston College Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, UC Davis Law Review and Washington and Lee Law Review. He has published articles in specialty journals at various institutions, including Stanford Law School, New York University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School and University of Michigan Law School. Professor Chaffee is regularly invited to speak at symposia, conferences, workshops and other events across the United States and abroad. He has lectured at institutions throughout Europe and China.

Professor Chaffee is actively involved in various legal professional organizations. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has served as chair of the Section on Securities Regulation of the American Association of Law Schools and chair of the Section on Scholarship of that institution as well. He is also a co-founder of the National Business Law Scholars Conference (the leading business law academic conference in the United States), and he currently sits on the executive committee of that organization.

Professor Chaffee is a sought-after legal commentator. He has been interviewed and quoted by numerous news outlets—including BBC News, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, CNBC, CNN, The National Law Journal, NPR, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal—on a variety of legal topics. Before entering the legal academy, Professor Chaffee was an attorney with Jones Day, where he handled civil and criminal matters for numerous Fortune 500 companies. As a law student, he also spent time working at Legal Aid in both Philadelphia and Ohio.

Throughout his career, Professor Chaffee has worked with tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including serving on several boards and advising various institutions on legal issues. Professor Chaffee is licensed to practice law in Ohio. He is also a trained Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrator. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Juris Doctor
University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Bachelor of Arts
The Ohio State University