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Danielle D’Onfro

Associate Professor of Law

Danielle D’Onfro is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law where she teaches Property, Corporations, and Corporate Compliance. Her research applies private law theory to business associations and their capital structure. Her writing about debt contracts covers both consumer and commercial debt. Her first article, Limited Liability Property, explored the property claims inherent to secured debt and the obligations that come with those claims. Her second article,Corporate Stewardship, proposes a decentralized individual liability regime to improve the efficiency of corporate compliance. Her popular writing has appeared in theWashington PostSCOTUSBlog, and Take Care.

Professor D’Onfro earned her B.A. in classics from Columbia College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. In law school, she was a research assistant for Elizabeth Warren and Louis Kaplow; she also served as a Student Fellow for the Program on the Foundations of Private Law. After law school, she clerked for Judge Allyson K. Duncan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Before joining the faculty, she was a senior associate in the Debt Finance and Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Groups at WilmerHale in Washington, DC and Boston, Massachusetts. While in practice, she represented the leveraged loan industry in its response of the leveraged loan industry to the American Bankruptcy Institute Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11; provided counseling to consumer financial services companies on compliance with state and federal regulations; and advised transactional clients on risk-retention issues.

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