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Jesse M. Fried

Professor of Law
Harvard Law School

Jesse M. Fried

Jesse M. Fried is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2009, he was a Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at the University of California Berkeley.

Fried has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University Law School and Tel Aviv University. He holds an A.B. and A.M in Economics from Harvard University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

At Harvard Law School and Berkeley Law, Fried has taught courses and seminars on Corporations, Venture Capital, Bankruptcy Reorganization, and Executive Compensation and Corporate Governance.

Fried is the author of over two dozen articles on executive compensation, insider trading, corporate governance, and venture capital. His recent writings include “Excess-Pay Clawbacks” (J. Corp. L., 2011); “Paying for Long-term Performance” (U. Penn. L. Rev., 2010, with Lucian Bebchuk);  “Renegotiation of Cash Flow Rights in the Sale of VC-Backed Firms” (J. Fin. Econ, 2010, with Brian Broughman); “Firms Gone Dark” (U. Chi. L. Rev, 2009); and “Option Backdating and Its Implications” (Wash. & Lee L. Rev., 2008). His well-known book Pay without Performance: the Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation, co-authored with Lucian Bebchuk, was published in 2004 and has been widely acclaimed by both academics and practitioners.

Fried has served as a consultant to plaintiffs’ law firms as well as publicly traded companies in litigation involving executive compensation and corporate governance issues. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of proxy advisor Glass, Lewis & Co.