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 joined the Hofstra University School of Law faculty in the Fall of 2006. Since 2013, he has served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs. He teaches courses in corporate, securities, and contract law.
Before coming to Hofstra, 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, 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’s scholarship has addressed securities fraud, corporate law, corporate rights and responsibilities, and financial regulation, and it has drawn upon natural law theory, economic theory, moral philosophy, and neuroscience in doing so. His scholarship has earned him the Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, and has garnered him invitations to address the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research, the Notre Dame School of Law, and many other venues. 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 own Ed Ingles’ Show “Newsline” (88.7 FM WRHU).
Professor Colombo is currently working on a book exploring the applicability of the First Amendment to business corporations, to be published by Oxford University Press.
Professor Colombo has served as an expert witness, an expert consultant, and regularly serves as a FINRA arbitrator.