James Park

Professor of Law

  • B.A. Miami University, 1996
  • J.D. Yale, 2000
  • UCLA Faculty Since 2013

James Park is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. He is an expert on corporate law and securities regulation. His research examines the regulation of securities fraud and corporate governance in public companies. Professor Park has written more than twenty law review articles that have been published in journals such as the California Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Michigan Law Review, and UCLA Law Review.

His book, The Valuation Treadmill: How Securities Fraud Threatens the Integrity of Public Companies, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2022.

Professor Park teaches Securities Regulation, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, and a seminar on Advanced Topics in Corporate and Securities Law.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Park clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He practiced law in New York City at a law firm and then as an Assistant Attorney General in the Investor Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office.


  • Books
    • The Valuation Treadmill: How Securities Fraud Threatens the Integrity of Public Companies. Cambridge University Press (July 2022).
    • Can Delaware be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance of Corporate Law (edited by Iman Anabtawi, Stephen Bainbridge, Sung Hui Kim, and James Park). Cambridge Univ. Press (2018).
  • Articles And Chapters
    • From Managers to Markets: Valuation and Shareholder Wealth Maximization, 47 The Journal of Corporation Law 435 (2022). Full Text
    • Investor Protection in an Age of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business Law Review (forthcoming). Full Text
    • Karmel’s Dissent: The SEC’s Use and Occasional Misuse of Section 21(A) Reports of Investigation, 16 Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law 9 (2022). Full Text
    • Do the Securities Laws Promote Short-Termism?, 10 UC Irvine Law Review 991 (2020). Full Text
    • Delaware and Santa Fe Industries v. Green, in Can Delaware Be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware's Dominance of Corporate Law, (edited by Iman Anabtawi, Stephen Bainbridge, Sung Hui Kim, and James Park, Cambridge University Press, 2018). Full Text
    • Insider Trading and the Integrity of Mandatory Disclosure, 2018 Wisconsin Law Review 1133 (2018). Full Text
    • Auditor Settlements of Securities Class Actions, 14 Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 169 (2017). Full Text
    • Reassessing the Distinction Between Corporate and Securities Law, 64 UCLA Law Review 116 (2017). Full Text
    • Bondholders and Securities Class Actions, 99 Minnesota Law Review 585 (2014). Full Text
    • Securities Class Actions and Bankrupt Companies, 111 Michigan Law Review 547 (2013). Full Text
    • Rules, Principles, and the Competition to Enforce the Securities Laws, 100 California Law Review 115 (2012). Full Text
    • Rule 10b-5 and the Rise of the Unjust Enrichment Principle, 60 Duke Law Journal 345 (2010). Full Text
    • Shareholder Compensation as Dividend, 108 Michigan Law Review 323 (2009). Full Text
    • Assessing the Materiality of Financial Misstatements, 34 Journal of Corporation Law 513 (2009). Reprinted in 42 Securities Law Review 406 (2010). Full Text
    • The Competing Paradigms of Securities Regulation, 57 Duke Law Journal 625 (2007). Reprinted in 50 Corporate Practice Commentator 723 (2008). Full Text
    • The Constitutional Tort Action as Individual Remedy, 38 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Law Review 393 (2003).
  • Essays And Shorter Works
    • Los Angeles Law Firms Before and After Recessions, Lowell Milken Institute Report (May 2021). Full Text
    • Regulation by Selective Enforcement: The SEC and Initial Coin Offerings (with Howard H. Park), 61 Washington Journal of Law and Policy 99 (2020). Full Text
    • When Are Tokens Securities? Some Questions from the Perplexed, Lowell Milken Institute Policy Report (Dec. 2018). Full Text
    • The Limits of the Right to Sell and the Rise of Federal Corporate Law, 70 Oklahoma Law Review 159 (2017).