Professor of Law
J.D., Yale Law School, 2009
Ph.D., Yale University, 2011
B.S., Ohio State University, 2002
B.A., Ohio State University, 2002
Quinn Curtis joined the law faculty in 2011. He teaches corporations, securities and real estate law. His research focuses on empirical law and finance and includes work on mutual funds, corporate governance and corporate litigation.
Curtis received his undergraduate degrees in philosophy and physics magna cum laude from Ohio State University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor on the Yale Law Journal. He received his Ph.D. in finance from Yale School of Management in 2011. Prior to attending law school, Curtis worked as a software engineer at Microsoft Corporation.
"The Flawed Mechanics of Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Litigation" (with John Morley), 31 Yale J. on Reg. No. 1 (forthcoming).
"Beyond Diversification: The Pervasive Problem of Excessive Fees and 'Dominated Funds' in 401(k) Plans" (with Ian Ayres). 124 Yale L. J. 1476 (2015).
"Board Interlocks and Corporate Governance" (with Michal Barzuza), 39 Del. J. Corp. L. No. 3 (2015).
"Protecting Consumer Investors by Facilitating 'Improved Performance' Competition" (with Ian Ayres), 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1 (2015).
“An Empirical Study of Mutual Fund Excessive Fee Litigation: Do the Merits Matter?” (with John Morley), 30 J.L. Econ. & Org. 275 (2014).
“State Foreclosure Laws and Mortgage Origination in the Subprime,” 49 J. Real Est. Fin. & Econ. 303 (2014).
“Tacking in Shifting Winds: A Short Response to Bubb and Pildes” (with Andrew Hayashi and Michael A. Livermore), 127 Harv. L. Rev. F. 204 (2014).
"Taking Exit Rights Seriously: Why Governance and Fee Litigation Don’t Work in Mutual Funds" (with John Morley), 120 Yale L.J. 84 (2010).
SSRN Author's Page
"Coming Clean: Why Firms Choose to Restate and a New Measure of Transparency" (with Justin Hopkins and Dain Donelson).
"Do the Merits Matter? Evidence from Options Backdating Litigation with Minor Myers" (forthcoming, U. Pa. L. Rev.).
"Interlocking Board Seats and Protection for Directors after Schoon" (with Michal Barzuza) (revise and resubmit J. Legal Stud.).
- "How to Avoid 401(k) Fees and Penalties" (U.S. News & World Report, 01/19/2016)
- "How Your 401(k) Fee Disclosure Statement Can Save You Money" (U.S. News and World Report, 11/02/2015)
- "Trial Set To Start Over Whether Boeing Allowed Workers To Be Charged Excessive 401(k) Fees" (KPLU, 08/20/2015)
- "Va. Sues Banks for $1.15 Billion for Allegedly Defrauding Taxpayers During Mortgage Crisis" (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 09/17/2014)
- "Retirement Savers' Fund Fees Move Lower: ICI" (Investment News, 07/15/2014)
- "3 Ways to Fight High Fees in Your 401(k) (The Wall Street Journal, 06/23/2014)
- "Redefining Retirement" (KTVN, 05/25/2014)
- "Are Fees Eating Your Retirement Investments?" (UVA Today, 05/24/2014)
- "How to Pay Lower Fees on Your Retirement Investments" (U.S. News and World Report, 04/14/2014)
- "Don't Bother With That High Cost 401(k)" (Forbes, 03/17/2014)
- "Protect us from lousy 401(k) plans?" (Bankrate, 03/12/2014)
- "401(k) Plans’ Pervasive Problem of Excess Fees" (AI-CIO, 03/11/2014)
- "High Fees Can Swallow 401(k) Tax Savings, Researchers Warn" (Financial Advisor, 03/11/2014)
- "Canada: Your 401(k) Plan And The Shape Of The Earth" (Mondaq, 03/05/2014)
- "How To Avoid Trap Doors In Your 401(k) Plan" (Forbes, 03/03/2014)
- "Interlocking Board Seats and Protection for Directors after Schoon" (Harvard Law School Blog, 01/13/2014)