Adam B. Badawi

Professor of Law


B.A., 1996, University of California - Berkeley,
J.D., 2003, University of California - Berkeley,
Ph.D., 2004, University of California - Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae




Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-3377
Email: abadawi@wustl.edu   


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 572

Courses Taught

Contract Theory (seminar)


Adam Badawi is an expert in commercial and corporate law. His research includes both theoretical and empirical projects on shareholder litigation, how boards operate, and how debt contracts and corporate governance interact. His scholarship has appeared in journals that include the Michigan Law Review, the Washington University Law Review, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, the Yale Journal on Regulation, and the Journal of Corporation Law. He has been a visiting scholar  at the University of Queensland and Erasmus University. Prior to joining the Washington University faculty in 2010, Professor Badawi served as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He received his PhD, JD, and BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Badawi practiced as a litigator in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson for two and a half years, and he clerked for the Hon. Michael W. McConnell of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representative Publications

Forthcoming Scholarship

  • "Deal Litigation, Law Firm Quality, and Firm Value" (with David Webber), The Journal of Corporation Law (forthcoming)
  • "Appellate Lawmaking in a Judicial Hierarchy" (with Scott Baker), The Journal of Law & Economics (forthcoming)

Articles and Essays

  • "The Fannie and Freddie Bailouts Through the Corporate Lens" (with Anthony Casey), 10 NYU Journal of Law and Business 443 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "Influence Costs and the Scope of Board Authority," 39 The Journal of Corporation Law 675 (2014) [SSRN]
  • "Rationality's Reach," 112 Michigan Law Review 993 (2014) (review of Oren Bar-Gill's Seduction by Contract)
  • "Merger Class Actions in Delaware and the Symptoms of Multijurisdictional Litigation," 90 Washington University Law Review 965 (2013) (solicited symposium contribution)
  • "Self-Help and the Rules of Engagement," 29 Yale Journal on Regulation 1 (2012)
  • "Relational Governance and Contract Damages: Evidence from Franchising," 7 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 743 (2010)
  • "Harm, Ambiguity, and the Regulation of Illegal Contracts," 17 George Mason Law Review 483 (2010)
  • "The Attributes of Transactions and the Limits of the New Formalism," 6 Berkeley Business Law Journal 1 (2009)