Business and Entrepreneurship Program Full-Time Faculty
Karl S. Okamoto
Program Director Karl S. Okamoto was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and a partner at Kirkland & Ellis and at Dechert, LLP before working as a consultant for Soros Fund Management and becoming senior managing director for Atticus Capital, LLC. A former executive officer and board member of Harvest Book Company, LLC, he was a director of Champps Entertainment Inc. and currently serves on the board of Cosi Inc. His scholarship includes articles in the UCLA Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review and the Journal of Legal Education, among others.
Dean Roger J. Dennis
Dean Roger J. Dennis is an expert in securities, antitrust, corporate law and the interplay between law and economics. Dean Dennis was an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom after serving as a trial attorney and special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He has held an elected seat on the American Law Institute for nearly two decades and chaired numerous committees of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education as well as the Association of American Law Schools. His publications include articles in Publius, the Maryland Law Review, the Brooklyn Law Review and the Chicago-Kent Law Review.
Professor of Law Amy Boss is an internationally recognized expert on legal issues in electronic commerce, a widely published scholar on codifying international commercial law through treaty, a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the first professor and second woman to chair the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. Professor Boss worked with the White House and the Department of Commerce under former President Bill Clinton to draft a position paper on global commerce that laid the foundation for U.S. policy in this arena. A member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the Uniform Commercial Code, she has been an integral part of the modernization of commercial law throughout the United States.
Adam Benforado’s experience in business law includes international transactional work as an associate with Latham & Watkins, LLP in London. Professor Benforado also handled trial and appellate litigation matters in telecommunications, international antitrust and commercial contract disputes an associate at Jenner & Block, LLP in Washington, D.C. As a scholar, Professor Benforado applies the lessons of social psychology and related fields to law and legal theory, including the means by which corporations advance their goals through the legal system. His work includes articles in the Emory Law Journal, Maryland Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Cardozo Law Review, Oregon Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, St. Louis University Law Journal and Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal and three chapters (co-authored with Jon Hanson) in Ideology, Psychology, and Law (Oxford University Press).
Norman Stein was previously the Douglas Arant Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, teaching federal taxation, business organizations, labor law and tax policy. He has served as counsel to the American Association of Retired Persons, was a consultant to the General Accounting Office, taught in the IRS General Counsel's continuing education program and has testified before Congress on pension issues. Professor Stein's scholarship focuses chiefly on employee benefits law, federal taxation and social insurance. His articles have appeared in The Tax Law Review, Washington and Lee Law Review and Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. He is also the co-author of the treatise, “Qualified Deferred Compensation Plans,” and a contributor to the WestLaw textbook “Family Wealth Management.”
Business and Entrepreneurship Program Adjunct Faculty
Professor Robert E. Connolly is chief of the Antitrust Division of the Philadelphia Field Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervises 16 attorneys who enforce federal antitrust laws. He has investigated international, national and regional price-fixing cartels and obtained convictions against 45 defendants for bid rigging and price fixing.
Professor Robert L. Hickok is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of Pepper Hamilton, LLP, where he focuses his commercial-litigation practice on matters involving corporate governance, antitrust laws, federal securities laws and class action defense. His expertise includes applying economic analysis to the resolution of legal issues.
Professor Thomas A. Kennedy is an attorney with the Portfolio Legal Services division of Versa Capital Management, Inc. where he serves as counselor to portfolio company investments and to a private equity fund with more than $900 million of committed capital under management. He was previously a partner in Pepper Hamilton’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group and a general manager with West Pharmaceutical
Professor Robert Tomilson is a member of Cozen O'Connor's Global Insurance Group, where he advises both insurers and reinsurers in their disputes as well as transactions involving life, health, disability, personal accident, property, casualty, surety and annuity products and policies. Prior to returning to private practice, he was senior counsel at CIGNA Corporation, where he managed all legal aspects of the company's reinsurance operations. He was a Fulbright-DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellow.