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Andrew M. Kaufman
Executive Director, Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy
B.A. Yale, 1971
J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School, 1974
Kaufman is formerly a senior transactional partner and now “of counsel” in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He lectures widely and writes frequently on financing, commercial law and legal-opinion issues at national professional seminars and programs, and in related publications. Since 2009, he has been a professor of law in the Law and Business Program at Vanderbilt University Law School, teaching courses on secured transactions, transactional practice, leveraged buyouts and syndicated loan transactions in commercial lending. At Vanderbilt, Kaufman also served on the dean’s Board of Advisors.
Kaufman is presently a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee, one of the preeminent bodies addressing legal opinion practice, and he serves as program chair for the national Working Group on Legal Opinions. He is also a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee, the Commercial Financial Services Committee, the Legal Opinions Committee and the Audit Responses Committee for the American Bar Association Section of Business Law.
Professor Kaufman earned his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Yale University in 1971 and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1974, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif.