Quinn Curtis

  • Professor of Law

Quinn Curtis joined the law faculty in 2011. He teaches courses on corporate law, securities and venture capital. His research focuses on empirical law and finance.  He has written extensively on the regulation of mutual funds and retirement accounts, including empirical work on 401(k) plans, mutual fund governance and fee litigation.  His other research interests include corporate governance and corporate litigation.   

His publications have appeared, among others in the Yale Law Journal; the University of Pennsylvania Law Review; the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organizations; and the Journal of Legal Studies.  He is a charter board member of the Society of Investment Law.  

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.


  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • Ph.D.
    Yale University
  • B.A.
    Ohio State University
  • B.S.
    Ohio State University

“Shareholder Value(s): Index Fund Activism and the New Millennial Corporate Governance” (with Michal Barzuza and David Webber)

"Costs, Conflicts, and College Savings: Evaluating Section 529 Savings Plans"

"Revealing Corporate Financial Misreporting," (with Dain C. Donelson and Justin Hopkins), Contemp. Accounting Research (forthcoming.)

"Taxes and Mergers: Evidence from Banks During the Financial Crisis" (with Albert Choi and Andrew T. Hayashi), (2018). SSRN

“The Past and Present of Mutual Fund Fee Litigation Under 36(b)”John Morley and William Birdthistle, eds., Elgar Research Handbook on Mutual Funds. (2018).

"The Fiduciary Rule Controversy and the Future of Investment Advice"

"Regulating Investment Advice: Lessons from the DOL Fiduciary Rule," (forthcoming).

“Board Interlock and Outside Directors’ Protection,” 46 J. Legal Stud. 129 (2017).  

“Do Mutual Fund Investors Get What They Pay For? Securities Law and Closet Index Funds” (with K.J. Martijn Cremers), 11 Va. L. & Bus. Rev. 31 (2016).
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“Do the Merits Matter? Empirical Evidence on Shareholder Suits from Options Backdating Litigation” (with Minor Myers), 164 U. Pa. L. Rev. 291 (2016).
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"Beyond Diversification: The Pervasive Problem of Excessive Fees and 'Dominated Funds' in 401(k) Plans" (with Ian Ayres). 124 Yale L. J. 1476 (2015).
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"Board Interlocks and Corporate Governance" (with Michal Barzuza), 39 Del. J. Corp. L.No. 3 (2015).
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“The Flawed Mechanics of Mutual Fund Fee Litigation” (with John Morley), 32 Yale J. on Reg. 1 (2015).
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"Protecting Consumer Investors by Facilitating 'Improved Performance' Competition" (with Ian Ayres), 2015 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1 (2015). 
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“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).

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Working Papers

“Tax Avoidance and Mergers: Evidence from Banks During the Financial Crisis” (with Andrew Hayashi and Albert Choi).

“Do Career Concerns Create Incentives for Independent Directors to Monitor Executives?” (with Justin Hopkins).

"Coming Clean: Why Firms Choose to Restate and a New Measure of Transparency" (with Justin Hopkins and Dain Donelson).




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