Professor Lisa M. Fairfax is the Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law, an endowed chair, and the Founder and Director of the Corporate Law and Governance Initiative at the George Washington University Law School.
Professor Fairfax is a highly sought-after presenter who teaches and lectures nationally and internationally on matters related to corporate governance, board governance, board fiduciary duties, board diversity, shareholder activism, affinity fraud, and securities fraud. In addition to her many articles and book chapters, Professor Fairfax has authored a book entitled, “Shareholder Democracy: A Primer on Shareholder Activism and Participation” as well as a textbook, Business Organizations: An Integrated Approach, which will be published at the end of 2019.
Professor Fairfax is a member of the Investor Advisory Committee of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Advisory Group for the American Law Institute Restatement of Law, Corporate Governance. Professor Fairfax serves on the SEC Historical Society Board of Trustees, the BYU Law School Board of Advisors, and is the Vice Chair, Diversity Committee Chair, and member of the Executive Committee, of the Board of the Georgetown Day School.
Professor Fairfax is a former member of the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulation Authority (“FINRA”), where she served as chair of its subcommittee on waivers, and a former member of the NASDAQ Market Regulation Committee of FINRA. Professor Fairfax is also a former member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, which Committee has jurisdiction over the Model Business Corporation Act. Professor Fairfax is a former chair of both the Securities Regulation Section and the Business Associations Section of the American Association of Law Schools (“AALS”).
In 2016, the Minority Group Section of the AALS awarded Professor Fairfax the “Trailblazer Award” in recognition of her teaching and scholarly contributions to the profession. In 2017, the Business Associations Section of the AALS awarded Professor Fairfax the “Outstanding Mentor Award” in recognition of her scholarship and commitment to mentoring others in the academy. In 2019, Professor Fairfax was voted “Professor of the Year” by the GW Law School students. Prior to joining the GW Law faculty, Professor Fairfax was a Professor of Law and Director of the Business Law Program at the University of Maryland School of Law.
Before entering academia, Professor Fairfax practiced corporate and securities law with the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston and the District of Columbia. Professor Fairfax graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard College with honors.