Lisa H. Nicholson

Professor of Law

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Professor Nicholson joined the faculty at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2000 following seven years of combined securities and commercial litigation experience. She practiced law with Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hayes & Handler, LLP in New York as a Litigation Associate after serving as Senior Counsel in the Enforcement Division at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (also in New York). Much of her litigation practice focused on securities regulations and commercial transaction, including issues of investment suitability and fraud.

Professor Nicholson's teaching and research interests continue to concentrate on issues related to securities regulation and corporate law, including the professional responsibility of lawyers in these settings. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Journal of Business and Technology Law, DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal, Maryland Law Review and Michigan State Law Review.

Professor Nicholson also has been a Visiting Professor at number of institutions.  During the 2005 spring semester, she was a Visiting Associate Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she taught Corporations and Securities Regulation.  More recently, Professor Nicholson was a Visiting Professor at (i) Boston College Law School, where she taught Commercial Law: Payment Systems and Mergers & Acquisitions during Fall 2007, and (ii) University of Richmond School of Law, where she taught Corporations and Mergers & Acquisitions during Spring 2008.

Courses Taught

Business Organizations

Mergers and Acquisitions

Drafting: Corporate Deal Documents

Negotiable Instruments and Payment Laws

European Union Law Seminar

Securities Regulation

Contracts I

Contracts II


Corporate Governance in the Financial Services Industry:  Dodd-Frank Reforms to Banker Compensation Arrangements, 47 Indiana L. Rev. 201 (2014)

Access to Justice Requires Access to Attorneys:  Restrictions on the Practice of Law Serves a Societal Purpose, 82 Fordham L. Rev. 2761 (2014)

US and EU:  A Comparative Response to the Global Economic Crisis, Mainz-Louisville Anthology, “Brandeis Meets Gutenberg,” German-American Legal Discussions (2012)

Essay, Culture Is the Key to Employee Adherence to Corporate Codes of Ethics, 3 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 449 (2008)


The Culture of Under-Enforcement:  Buried Treasure, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Corporate Pirate, 5 DePaul Bus. & Com. L. J. 321 (Winter 2007)

Sarbanes-Oxley’s Purported Over-Criminalization of Corporate Offenders, 2 J. Bus. & Tech. L. 43 (2007)

Making In-Roads to Corporate Counsel Positions:  It’s Only a Matter of Time?, 65 U. Md. L. Rev. 625 (2006)

SarbOx 307’s Impact on Subordinate In-House Counsel: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 2004 Mich. St. L. Rev. 559 and 88 Mich. St. L. Rev. 559 (2004)

Duties of the In-House Lawyer in the New Environment, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, CLE Chapter for Corporate Counsel Forum (2004)

A Hobson’s Choice for Securities Lawyers in the Post-Enron Environment:  Striking a Balance Between the Obligation of Client Loyalty and Market Gatekeeper, 16 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 91 (2002)


Panelist, Scholarship:  Strategies to Success, AALS Workshop on Retention of Minority Law School Teachers, Washington DC (upcoming June 24, 2011)

Visiting Professor, U of L International Teaching Exchange; Johannes-Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany -- Comparative Corporate Governance and Comparative Response to the Global Economic Crisis (upcoming May 17 to June 9, 2011)

Panelist, The Role of Counsel During a Corporate Crisis, Association of Corporate Counsel-Southwest Ohio Chapter and UC Corporate Law Center, University of Cincinnati, November 4, 2010

Panelist and Discussant, Credit Rating Agencies, Law and Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 30, 2010

Presenter, How Will the New Credit Card Rules Affect You? University of Louisville, College of Arts & Sciences Saturday Academy, Teachers of the Law, February 2010

Presenter, Systemic Risk and the Political Response, Risk Management and Insurance Department; Research Seminar Series, University of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, November 13, 2009

Concurrent Session Small Group Discussion Leaders, Ethics and Social Responsibility in Business Transactions, AALS Workshop on Transactional Law, Long Beach, California, June 11, 2009

Moderator, Works-in-Progress, Transactional Scholarship in Business Associations, AALS Workshop on Transactional Law, Long Beach, California, June 10, 2009

Visiting Professor, U of L International Teaching Exchange; Johannes-Guttenberg University, Mainz, Germany -- Global Securities Markets, May 18-29, 2009

Panelist, The Future of the SEC, Part II, New Models of Regulating the Financial Markets, University of Cincinnati Regulatory Reform Symposium, April 3, 2009

Panelist, Holding Lawyers Accountable for Client Behavior, 2008 ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, Boston, Ma., May 29, 2008

Panelist, Roundtable on Corporate Ethics, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Five Years Later: Assessing its Impact, Charting Its Future, University of Maryland, October 18-19, 2007

Commentator, Paper on Regulation of Hedge Funds, Twelfth Annual LatCrit Conference, Miami, Florida, October 6, 2007

Panelist, White Collar Crime Roundtable, SEAALS, Amelia Island, Florida, July 29 - Aug. 4, 2007

U of L International Teaching Exchange; Mainz, Germany- Comparative Corporate Governance, June 2007

Commentator, Tamar Frankel's "Trust and Honesty: America's Business Culture at a Crossroad" (Oxford University Press, 2005), Law & Society Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, July 6, 2006

Panelist, The Criminalization of Corporate Law, The University of Maryland School of Law, April 2006

Panelist, Women and the "New" Corporate Governance, The University of Maryland School of Law, April 7-8, 2005

Panelist, Race, Gender and Corporate Law, St. John's University School of Law Symposium, March 18, 2005

Presenter, The Efficiency of Sarbanes-Oxley's Criminal Measures, Brooklyn Law School, Brown Bag Series, March 10, 2005

Presenter, The In-House Lawyer as Gatekeeper: Ethics in the New Environment, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) Corporate Counsel Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 16, 2004

Panelist, The New Look of the Attorney-Client Privilege: The Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley, the Patriot Act and ABA Resolution 301, 2004 Kentucky Bar Association Annual Convention, Lexington, Kentucky, June 25, 2004

Panelist and Discussant, White Collar Crime Panel, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois May 27, 2004

Panelist, Teaching Business Law Responsibly; Race, Culture, Money & Power, Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, 2004 Annual Meeting, University of Baltimore, January 31, 2004

Panelist, Sarbanes-Oxley: Impact on Lawyers, Sarbanes-Oxley Symposium, entitled, In the Wake of Corporate Reform: One Year in the Life of Sarbanes-Oxley - A Critical Review, Michigan State University-DCL College of Law, September 19, 2003

Panel Chair and Discussant, Corporations in Modern Society II: Legal Regulation of the Behavior of Officers and Directors, Law & Society Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania June 5, 2003

University and Community Service

University Service

Admissions Committee(2009 to present)

Reinstatement and Probation Committee (2007 to present)

Securities Regulation, Moot Court Competition (Co-advisor)

International Faculty Exchange Committee (Chair, 2009-2010)

Faculty Recruitment Committee (2008-2009)

Faculty Excellence Committee (2006-2007)

Academic Outreach Committee (2006-2007)

Strategic Planning Committee (2006-2007)

Speaker Selection Committee (2005-2007)

Faculty Enrichment Committee (2004-2006)

Diversity Committee (2000-2006)

MaPOC Planning Committee (2004)

ABA-AALS Self-Study Committee (2003-2004)

Professionalism and Public Service Committee (2000-2003)

Part-time Division Committee (2001-2003)

Career Services Committee (2000-2001)


External Service

Member, AALS 2009 Planning Committee for the Workshop for New Law School Teachers, Workshop on Retention of Minority Law School Teachers and Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers

Executive Committee Member, AALS Section on Securities Regulations

Coordinator, Moderator and Faculty Host, Hospitality Suite and Question and Answer Panel sponsored by the AALS Section on Minority Groups at the Faculty Recruitment Conferences, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006

Coordinator, Hospitality Suite and Question and Answer Panel sponsored by the AALS Section on Minority Groups at the Faculty Recruitment Conference, 2003