Hofstra Law Faculty

Ronald J. Colombo

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Distance Education


JD, 1998, New York Univ (NYU); BS, 1994, Cornell Univ


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 securities fraud, financial regulation, and corporate constitutional rights. 

He is the author of 'The First Amendment and the Business Corporation' (published by Oxford University Press in 2015) and 'Law of Corporate Officer and Directors' (an annually updated practitioner-oriented treatise published by Thomas Reuters).

Professor Colombo has earned the Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, and has addressed academic and professional associations around the country. He has been quoted in both national and international new media, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalDallas Morning NewsNewsdayBloomberg, and The Daily Beast. His op-eds have been published in The Washington TimesThe Christian Science MonitorThe Financial Times, and The Huffington Post.

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, and, since 2015, has served as the law school's Associate Dean for Distance Education.

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. Prior to that, Professor Colombo practiced as a litigation associate at the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell. 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, where he served on the NYU Law Review 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.

Curriculum Vitae


Religious Freedom and the Business Corporation, Rights and Responsibilities of the American Business Corporation, in FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND RELIGIOUS PLURALISM (Dr Md Jahid Hossain Bhuiyan, ed., BRILL) (forthcoming 2023)

LAW OF CORPORATE OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS (Thomson Reuters 2017) (republished annually)


Rights and Responsibilities of the American Business Corporation, in BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Manoj Kumar Sinha, ed., SAGE 2013) (book chapter)


When Exemptions Discriminate: Unlawfully Narrow Religious Exemptions to Vaccination Mandates by Private Colleges and Universities, 44 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 293 (2022)

A Legal Analysis of Religious Arbitration, CANOPY FORUM ON THE INTERACTIONS OF LAW & RELIGION (2022)

Corporate Entanglement with Religion and the Suppression of Expression, 45 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 187 (2021)

The Past, Present, And Future of Christian ADR, 22 CARDOZO J. OF CONFLICT RES. 45 (2020)

Teaching a Synchronous Online Business Organizations Course to J.D. Students: A Case Study, 48 HOFSTRA LAW REV 873 (2020)

Taking Stock of the Benefit Corporation, 7 TEX. A&M L. REV 73 (2019)

An Antitrust Approach to Corporate Free Exercise, 92 ST. JOHN’S L. REV. 29 (2018)

Religious Liberty and the Business Corporation, 17 J. INT’L BUS. & L. 25 (2017)

The Religious Liberty Jurisprudence of Justice Antonin Scalia, 46 HOFSTRA L. REV. 433 (2017)

Religious Conceptions of Corporate Purpose, 74 WASH. & LEE. L. REV. 813 (2017)

Bitcoin: Hype or Harbinger? 16 J. INT’L BUS. & L. 1 (2016)

Tipping the Scales Against Insider Trading: Adopting a Presumption of Personal Benefit to Clarify Dirks, 45 HOFSTRA L. REV. 117 (2016)

The Naked Private Square, 51 HOUS. L. REV. 1 (2013)

Suitability Rules as Merit Disclosure, 1 WORLD ECON. REV. 54 (2013); cross-published in 12 J. INT’L BUS. & L.1 (2013)

The Corporation as a Tocquevillian Association, 85 TEMP. L. REV. 1 (2012)

Toward a Nexus of Virtue, 69 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 3 (2012)

Trust, Financial Services Regulation, and the Dodd Frank Act, 30 BANKING & FIN. SERVS. POL’Y REP. 1 (2011)

Effectuating Disclosure under the Williams Act, 60 CA TH. U. L. REV. 311 (2011)

Trust and the Reform of Securities Regulation, 35 DEL. J. CORP. L. 829 (2010)

The Role of Trust in Financial Regulation, 55 VILL. L. REV. 577 (2010)

Cooperation with Securities Fraud, 61 ALA. L. REV. 61 (2009), reprinted in 2011 SEC. L. REV. § 5:2 (Donald C. Langevoort ed., 2011).

Exposing the Myth of Homo Economicus, 32 HAR V. J.L. & PUB. POL’ Y 737 (2009) (book review of MORAL MARKETS (Paul J. Zak ed., Princeton University Press 2008))

Ownership, Limited: Reconciling Traditional and Progressive Corporate Law Via An Aristotelian Understanding Of Ownership, 34 J. CORP. L. 247 (2008)

Buy, Sell, or Hold? Analyst Fraud from Economic and Natural Law Perspectives, 73 BROOK. L. REV. 91 (2007) (2008 recipient of the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication)

Note, Forgive Us Our Sins: The Inadequacies of the Clergy-Penitent Privilege, 73 N.Y.U. L. REV. 225 (1998)

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