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Bala Dharan

Visiting Professor of Law


Bala Dharan
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Bala Dharan is Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Visiting Professor in Corporate Finance Law and Senior Lecturer at Harvard Law School. He has been teaching at HLS since 2008. Professor Dharan is also J. Howard Creekmore Professor Emeritus at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, a Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Managing Director at Berkeley Research Group, an economics, litigation and business consulting firm. He has been a professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School and Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley. He has published widely in major accounting and finance journals, and is the co-author of four editions of textbooks. He has been invited three times to testify before U.S. Congress on financial reporting and corporate finance issues. Professor Dharan has extensive business and litigation consulting experience in financial reporting and disclosures, forensic accounting and investigations, damages analysis, finance, valuation, investment analysis, corporate governance, and auditing. He has served more than 25 times as a testifying expert in litigation and arbitration matters. He has international arbitration experience in many of the major international forums, and has been named to the International Who’s Who for Litigation and Commercial Arbitration. CPA; ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation); CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics); M.S. 1977 and Ph.D. 1981 in Accounting, Carnegie Mellon University; MBA 1975 in Finance, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; B. Tech 1973 in Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.


  • B.Tech. Indian Institute of Technology, 1973
  • M.B.A. Indian Institute of Management, 1975
  • M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, 1977
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, 1981

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