Professor of Law


  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 250-B
  • Phone: 617-305-1657
  • Fax: 617-305-3079
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  • AB, University of Michigan
  • JD, Stanford University

Bar Admittance

  • MI
  • IN
  • MA


  • LLCs and Partnerships
  • Securities Regulation
  • Contracts


Jeffrey Lipshaw received his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan and is a graduate of Stanford Law School. Following law school graduation, Professor Lipshaw practiced with the law firm of Dykema Gossett of Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has also served as a Vice President and General Counsel for two corporations. In 2005, he moved from the corporate world to teach as a visiting professor at Wake Forest University School of Law and later at Tulane University Law School. Professor Lipshaw has written extensively in the areas of contracts and business law. At Suffolk University Law School, Professor Lipshaw teaches LLCs and Partnerships, Securities Regulation, and Contracts.



UNINCORPORATED BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS (4th ed., 2009) (with Larry Ribstein)

Book Chapters

Formalism, Speech Acts, and the Realities of Contract Formation, in SPEAKING OF LANGUAGE AND LAW: CONVERSATIONS ON THE WORK OF PETER TIERSMA (Lawrence Solan, et al, eds. Oxford University Press, 2015)


What Is It Like to Be a Beetle? The Timelessness Problem in Gilson’s Value Creation Thesis, 15 U.C. DAVIS BUS. L.J. 23 (2015)

Trust v. "Law in a Box": Do Organizational Forms Make a Difference?, 2014 U. ILL. L. REV. 1795

Retire and Teach Six Years On, 41 N. KY. L. REV. 67 (2014)
What's Going On?--The Psychoanalysis Metaphor for Educating Lawyer-Counselors, 45 CONN. L. REV. 1355 (2013)

Metaphors, Models, and Meaning in Contract Law, 116 PENN. ST. L. REV. 987 (2012)

Contract as Meaning: An Introduction to 'Contract as Promise at 30', 45 SUFFOLK U. L. REV. 601 (2012)

The Venn Diagram of Business Lawyering Judgments: Toward a Theory of Practical Metadisciplinarity, 41 SETON HALL L. REV. 1 (2011)

Can There Be a Religion of Reasons? A Response to Leiter's Circular Conception of Religion, 26 J.L. & RELIGION 43 (2010)

The Epistemology of the Financial Crisis: Complexity, Causation, Law and Judgment, 19 S. CAL. INTERDISC. L.J. 299 (2010)

Beetles, Frogs, and Lawyers: The Scientific Demarcation Problem in the Gilson Theory of Value Creation, 46 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 139 (2009)

Disclosure and Judgment: "We Have Met Madoff and He is Ours", 35 U. DAYTON L. REV. 139 (2009)

Why the Law of Entrepreneurship Barely Matters, 31 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 701 (2009)

Jonathan M. Wender's POLICING AND THE POETICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE, 43 LAW & SOC'Y REV. 720 (2009) (Book Review)

Objectivity and Subjectivity in Contract Law: A Copernican Response to Professor Shiffrin, 21 CAN. J. L. & JURIS. 399 (2008)

Memo to Lawyers: How Not to 'Retire and Teach', 30 N.C. CENT. L. REV. 151 (2008)

Models and Games: The Difference Between Explanation and Understanding for Lawyers and Ethicists, 56 CLEV. ST. L. REV. 613 (2008)

Screed or Scholarship: The Days of Whine and Roses, 9 LEGAL ETHICS 233 (2007) (reviewing Douglas Litowitz's The Destruction of Young Lawyers: Beyond One L. (2006)).

Freedom, Compulsion, Compliance, and Mystery: Reflections on the Duty Not to Enforce a Promise, 3 LAW, CULTURE & THE HUMANITIES 82 (2007)

Of Fine Lines, Blunt Instruments, and Half-Truths: Business Acquisition Agreements and the Right to Lie, 32 DEL. J. CORP. L. 431 (2007)

Contract Formalism, Scientism, and the M-Word: A Comment on Professor Movsesian's Under-Theorization Thesis, 35 HOFSTRA L. REV. 23 (2006)

Duty and Consequence: A Non-Conflating Theory of Promise and Contract, 36 CUMB. L. REV. 321 (2006)

Law as Rationalization: Getting Beyond Reason to Business Ethics, 37 U. TOL. L. REV. 959 (2006) (reprinted in Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel & Bala G. Dharan, eds., ENRON AND OTHER CORPORATE FIASCOS: THE CORPORATE SCANDAL READER, 2009).

Contingency and Contracts: A Philosophy of Complex Business Transactions, 54 DEPAUL L. REV. 1007 (2005)

The Bewitchment of Intelligence: Language and Ex Post Illusions of Intention, 78 TEMP. L. REV. 99 (2005)

Sarbanes-Oxley, Jurisprudence, Game Theory, Insurance and Kant: Toward a Moral Theory of Good Governance, 50 WAYNE L. REV. 1083 (2005) (reprinted in Nancy B. Rapoport, Jeffrey D. Van Niel & Bala G. Dharan, eds., ENRON AND OTHER CORPORATE FIASCOS: THE CORPORATE SCANDAL READER, 2009).