Directors’ College Program Directors
W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Senior Faculty Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, and former Commissioner, United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Joseph A. Grundfest is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. He also launched Stanford Law School’s executive education programs and continues to co-direct Directors’ College, the nation’s leading venue for the continuing professional education of directors of publicly traded corporations. In addition, he is a senior affiliated faculty member with the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance. He is also Co-founder and Director of Financial Engines.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1990, Professor Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters, and was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Early in his career he was a research associate at the Brookings Institution and an economist and consultant with the RAND Corporation.
Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LP; former General Counsel, US Securities and Exchange Commission
Mr. Lorne served as general counsel f the United States Securities and Exchange Commission from 1993 to 1996, and then became a monagaing director at Salomon Brothers, where he was a global head of internal audit of that firm and its parent corporation, Salomon, Inc., and a senior member of the control team. In 1999, Mr. Lorne returned to Los Angeles as a partner in Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP, where he had previously been a partner from 1972 to 1993.
Mr. Lorne received a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor and an A.B. (cum laude) from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. He is the author of one multi-volume treatise, Acquisitions and Mergers: Negotiated and Contested Transactions in the West Securities Law Series, one handbook for corporate directors, A Director’s Handbook of Cases, published by CCH Incorporated, and a number of articles in the popular and legal press. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and New York University law schools.
Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs and Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; and Faculty Director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University
Dan Siciliano is a member of the law school faculty and teaches Corporate Finance. Venture Capital and Corporate Governance courses. He was names as one of the 100 most influential people in the boardroom and corporate governance community by Directorship Magazine in 2009 and 2010. He completed both his graduate fellowship in Economics and his JD at Stanford university and previously served as the CEO and remains director of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global technology company.
Rock Center Executive Director
Executive Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Mr. Epstein is in charge of planning, coordinating, and executing all aspects of Rock Center activities, including its operations, programs, research projects and events under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Rock Center Faculty. He has also taught classes on corporate governance, venture capital and new financial regulations at the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program in Hong Kong and at Universidad Catolica Law School in Chile, where he is an Affiliate Professor at Universidad Catolica’s Corporate Governance Center.
Prior to his position at Stanford, Mr. Epstein was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at a high–tech business incubator and consulting firm, facilitating the transfer, development and commercialization of technologies and fostering the growth of early–stage high–tech companies.
Prior, Mr. Epstein was a Silicon Valley research analyst with a UK–based venture capital and private equity research and analytics start–up company. Previously, he was an associate at a leading Chilean corporate law firm (2002–2004) and a trainee with Allen & Overy’s Latin America Projects Group in Paris, France (2001).
Mr. Epstein holds a law degree (JD) (cum laude, 2002) from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Corporate Governance and Practice from Stanford Law School (2005). In addition, he was part of the exchange program “Cycle du Diplome” at Sciences–Po, Paris, France (2001).
Mr. Epstein is a member of the State Bar of California and the Chilean Bar.
This program is supported by Stanford Law School Programs.