Ronald J. Colombo
Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Distance Education
B.S., Cornell University
J.D., New York University School of Law
Professor Colombo teaches Business Organizations, Securities Regulation, Contracts, and a seminar in corporate and securities law at Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law. His scholarship has focused largely on issues of securities fraud, corporate law, and financial regulation, and has done so via the application of natural law theory, economic theory, moral philosophy, and neuroscience. More recently, his scholarship has addressed the constitutional rights of business entities. In 2015 he authored a book on the subject, entitled “The First Amendment and the Business Corporation,” published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Colombo has earned the Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, and has addressed academic and professional associations around the country, including the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the Federal Bar Council, and a number of law schools and business schools. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Dallas Morning News, Newsday, Bloomberg, and The Daily Beast, and his op-eds / letters have been published in The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times, and The Huffington Post. He has also appeared on “Brad and Britt in the Morning” (FM Talk 101.1 WZTK Radio), “The John Williams Show” (830 AM WCCO [CBS] Radio), and Hofstra’s Ed Ingles’ Show “Newsline” (88.7 FM WRHU). Professor Colombo serves on the editorial review board of the Review of Business, and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). From 2013-2015, Professor Colombo served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of Hofstra Law School.
Before joining the Hofstra faculty in 2006, Professor Colombo served in the Complex Global Litigation Group of Morgan Stanley & Co., Inc., as vice president and counsel. In this position, Professor Colombo supervised investigations, litigations, and regulatory inquiries affecting Morgan Stanley's investment banking franchise. Prior to that, Professor Colombo practiced as a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell, where, among other things, he represented corporate and banking clients in civil and criminal investigations conducted by the S.E.C., the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the Federal Reserve Bank; in matters before state courts, federal courts, and arbitration panels; and in appeals before the Third Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 2000-2003, Professor Colombo also served on the Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Professor Colombo graduated, magna cum laude, from NYU School of Law. At NYU, Professor Colombo served as a note and development editor of the NYU Law Review, published a note on the clergy-penitent evidentiary privilege, interned at the Federal Defender Division of the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Immediately following graduation, Professor Colombo clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Professor Colombo serves as Associate Dean for Distance Education where he oversees the Law School’s online degree programs. From 2013-2015, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School.