Keith Sharfman

Professor of Law
J.D. University of ChicagoB.A. Johns Hopkins

Keith Sharfman, who together with Professor Warner directs bankruptcy studies at St. John's, teaches and writes in the areas of antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporate finance, corporate reorganization, law and economics, and legal valuation.  He received a B.A. in economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins and a J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he served as a research assistant to Judge Richard Posner and Professor Cass Sunstein. Following law school, he clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and then was an associate at Latham & Watkins, where he worked on a wide range of antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate finance, and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining the St. John's faculty, he was tenured at Rutgers and Marquette and also taught as a visitor at Cornell and Florida State. 

Professor Sharfman has written extensively. His published works include “Contractual Valuation Mechanisms and Corporate Law,” 2 Virginia Law & Business Review 53 (2007); “Judicial Valuation Behavior: Some Evidence from Bankruptcy,”32 Florida State University Law Review 387 (2005); “Derivative Suits in Bankruptcy,” 10 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 1 (2004); “Valuation Averaging: A New Procedure for Resolving Valuation Disputes,” 88 Minnesota Law Review 357 (2003); and “Is It Ever Too Late for Innocence?,” 64 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 263 (2003) (with George C. Thomas et al.).

In recognition of his scholarship, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges selected Professor Sharfman in 2006 as an American Bankruptcy Law Journal Fellow, and in 2007 he became a member of that Journal’s editorial advisory board. He also serves as faculty advisor to the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review.