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Jonathan C. Lipson
Harold E. Kohn Professor of Law

Jonathan C. LipsonJonathan Lipson's principal research focus is business failure:  how does--and should--the legal system respond when firms can't (or don't) pay their bills?

He has written scores of articles and book chapters considering this question from a variety of perspectives, focusing in particular on issues of governance (who gets to make decisions for the troubled firm?) and information (who knows what, when, and how about the problem?).  He has published in many of the nation's top law reviews, including those of the UCLA, Boston University, Notre Dame, and Southern California law schools.  His work is frequently cited, including by leading business courts, such as the Delaware Supreme Court, the Delaware Chancery Court and the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

An occasional empiricist, Lipson recently published the first study of the use of "examiners" in large chapter 11 bankruptcies.  He also developed and published the first empirical study of lawyers' practice of writing closing opinions in large and complex transactions.  This paper was selected for presentation at the Yale/Stanford Junior Faculty forum in 2005.  His qualitative empirical study of distress investors, The Shadow Bankruptcy System, was recently excerpted in a leading collection on the current financial crisis. Some of his other major published work can be found here.

Lipson is a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, and is active with the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, where he is currently the Section Content Officer.  He was a member of the Section Council (2010-11) and, from 2004-2010 a member (and during 2008-2010 the Chair) of the Section's Publications Board. He is also a past Chair of the Business Law Education Committee and the Uniform Commercial Code Task Force on Forms under Revised Article 9 of the UCC.  During 2003-2004, he was the Chair of the Section on Commercial and Related Consumer Law of the Association of American Law Schools.  He has also served as an expert in complex reorganizations, including that of Enron Corp.  

Lipson is also an occasional blogger.  His shorter works have appeared on, among others, The Huffington Post, Concurring Opinions and Credit Slips.  He also writes op-eds for the National Law Journal. 

Lipson teaches Contracts, a Transactional Skills workshop in the fall, and Bankruptcy in the spring.

Prior to teaching, Lipson was a lawyer.  From 1995-1999, he practiced corporate and commercial law in Boston, with the firm of Hill & Barlow.  From 1992 to 1995, he practiced bankruptcy and commercial law in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis.  From 1990-1992, he practiced with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.  While in practice, he was involved in several large and complex chapter 11 cases, including those of Healthco, Thinking Machines Corporation, and CIS Corporation.

He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, B.A., with honors (1986) & J.D. (1990), where he was a note editor of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Teaching Areas

Contracts, Corporations, Commercial Law (Secured Transactions, Payment Systems), Transactional Skills Workshop, Constitutional Issues in Bankruptcy


Louis Natali (Co-director)

Professor of Law

Louis M. Natali, Jr.Professor Natali joined the Temple Law School faculty in 1990. He has published numerous articles on Death Penalty Litigation, Evidence and Trial Advocacy throughout his career. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Innocence Project.

He graduated from Georgetown Law Center in 1966, where he was an Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. Professor Natali clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, working for Judge Herbert Boreman. He was a graduate fellow in Criminal Law and Litigation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in a program directed by Professor Tony Amsterdam.

In 1971, Professor Natali formed the law firm of Segal, Appel and Natali, specializing in criminal defense. He became an Associate Professor at Rutgers-Camden Law School in 1974, leaving that position in 1976 to become First Assistant Defender at the Philadelphia Defender's Association. From 1973 to present, Professor Natali has also been involved in the training of trial lawyers with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Teaching Areas
Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Death Penalty Litigation, Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Trial Advocacy


Susan DeJarnatt (Co-Director)

Professor of Law

Alice G. Abreu
Professor DeJarnatt began teaching legal research and writing at Temple Law School in July 1996. Her scholarly research focuses on rhetoric in the debates about bankruptcy and education reform, on the psychology of parental choice in education, and on the connections between composition theory and legal writing pedagogy. In 2008 Professor DeJarnatt won the University Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Before teaching full time, she was a staff attorney at Community Legal Services, Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1985 to 1996, specializing in consumer protection, bankruptcy, and housing issues; and from 1982 to 1984, an associate at the Philadelphia law firm of Litvin, Blumberg, Matusow and Young. Following graduation from law school, she served for two years as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph S. Lord, III, Chief Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Teaching Areas
Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Advocacy, Advanced Writing Seminars, Public Interest Law