Jesse Fried ’92, a leading expert in executive compensation, corporate governance, corporate bankruptcy, and venture capital, will join the Harvard Law School faculty in the fall. He is currently a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley.

“Jesse will be an invaluable addition to our already world-class corporate governance faculty,” said Howell Jackson, Harvard Law School’s Acting Dean. “His work is known for its rigor, and is especially relevant and important in this time of economic uncertainty, when corporate governance rules are undergoing big changes. Jesse is also a superb teacher, as our students learned when he was a visiting professor here last winter. We are delighted to welcome him back as a permanent member of our faculty.”

Fried is a faculty co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. He is the co-author, along with HLS Professor Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. ’81 S.J.D. ’84, of the well-known book, “Pay without Performance: The Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation,” which argues that executive pay has been insufficiently tied to performance. 

“I’m honored and excited to be joining Harvard Law School,” said Fried. “The size and quality of HLS’ business law faculty make it an ideal place for me to pursue my research interests. I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues and teaching the school’s exceptionally talented and motivated students.”

Fried is also the author of more than 20 scholarly articles on business law issues. He is an editor of the Review of Law and Economics and has served as a referee for the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations; the Journal of Legal Analysis; the Journal of Legal Studies; European Financial Management; and the International Review of Law and Economics.

Fried is also a frequent commentator in the press. His writing about executive pay and corporate governance has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the San Jose Mercury News, among other leading publications.

Fried joined U.C. Berkeley as an assistant professor of law and became a full professor in 2003. During the 2008 winter term, he was the Robert and Candice Haas Visiting Professor of Law at HLS. He has also been a visitor at Columbia University and Tel Aviv University.

In addition to his J.D., Fried holds an A.B. and an A.M. in Economics from Harvard. After graduating from HLS, he practiced tax law at the law firm of Sullivan & Worcester in Boston. From 1995-97, Fried was a John Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Business at HLS.