Harwell Wells
Associate Professor of Law

Associate Professor Harwell Wells teaches corporations, unincorporated associations, and professional responsibility. He is a graduate of Williams College and Vanderbilt University Law School and also holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia. Following law school, he served as law clerk for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and then worked at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP, in Washington DC, where he specialized in securities regulatory law. His research interests include the history of corporate and business law and of the legal profession.

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law
Ph.D., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Iowa
B.A., Williams College

Teaching Areas
Corporations, Unincorporated Associations, Professional Responsibility

Select Publications

"Corporation Law is Dead": The Mystery of Corporation Law at the Height of the American Century, 15 U. PA. J. BUS. L ___ (forthcoming 2013).

Law and the Economy in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century America, in BLACKWELL COMPANION TO AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY __ (Sally Hadden & Alfred Brophy, eds.) (forthcoming 2012).

U.S. Executive Compensation in Historical Perspective, in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON EXECUTIVE PAY __ (Jennifer Hill & Randall Thomas, eds.) (forthcoming 2012)

Executive Compensation in the Courts: Board Capture, Optimal Contracting, and Officers’ Fiduciary Duties, 95 MINN. L. REV. 846-903 (2011) (with Randall Thomas)

"No man can be worth $1,000,000 a year": The Fight over Executive Compensation in 1930s America, 44 U. RICH. L. REV. 689-769 (2010)


Harwell Wells 

Klein Hall, Room 619
tel: 215.204.1183
fax: 215.204.1185

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