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Case Development Initiative: Team

John C. Coates, IV
John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics
Research Director, Program on the Legal Profession
Harvard Law School
Griswold Hall #400
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: + 1 (617) 496-4420
Fax: + 1 (617) 496-5156
E-mail: jcoates@law.harvard.edu

John Coates, IV is the John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics and Research Director of the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He joined the faculty in 1997 after private practice at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he was a partner specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities law, and the regulation of financial institutions. Before coming to HLS, he taught on the adjunct faculties of New York University School of Law and Boston University School of Law. He was promoted to Professor in 2001, and was named the John F. Cogan Jr. Professor of Law and Economics in 2006.

His current research at Harvard includes empirical studies of the purchasing of legal services by S&P 500 companies, the causes and consequences of the completion or failure of M&A transactions, mutual funds and the effects of their regulation, and the causes and consequences  of CEO and CLO turnover. He teaches courses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Institutions Regulation, Contracts, Corporations, and the History of Capitalist Institutions. Professor Coates is a principal researcher on the Program’s Corporate Purchasing Project, a quantitative and qualitative examination of how corporations purchase legal services. He also instructs at the Program’s Executive Education course. 

Lisa Rohrer, PHD
Executive Director
Executive Education and Case Development Initiative
10 Mount Auburn Street
Griswold Hall #400
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: + 1 (617) 495-5527
E-mail: lrohrer@law.harvard.edu
Web: www.law.harvard.edu/execed/

Lisa is the Executive Director of Executive Education and the Case Development Initiative at Harvard Law School. In her role at HLS, she works with faculty and an administrative team to develop open enrollment and custom programs designed to serve practicing lawyers over the arc of their careers. In addition to her work in executive education, she is currently writing business school-style case studies and conducting research on law firm culture, innovation in the legal industry, and strategy and governance issues facing law firms in the post-economic crisis era.

Prior to joining HLS, Lisa was the Director of Executive Education at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously she served as the Director of Research at the Hildebrandt Institute, a division of Thomson Reuters. Lisa also worked for a number of years in market research and led a mid-sized firm that specialized in customer satisfaction research. She holds a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College, an AM in Sociology from Harvard University and a PhD from the joint program in Organizational Behavior at Harvard Business School where her dissertation focused on the effects of law firm mergers on attorney career paths.

Guhan Subramanian
Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business
Harvard Law School
Griswold Hall #402
1525 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: + 1 (617) 495-9784
Fax: + 1 (617) 496-5156
E-mail: subraman@law.harvard.edu

Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at Harvard Law School and the H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at Harvard Business School. He is the only person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS. At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law. At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Changing the Game, Managing Negotiators and the Deal Process, and Making Corporate Boards More Effective. He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University and the Vice Chair for Research at the Harvard Program on Negotiation. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company in their New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C. offices.


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