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Executive Director

David F. Fisher joined the Law School as Executive Director of the Corporate Institute in May 2012. He is of counsel with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, where he has specialized in business law, business organization, and corporate and board governance and has served clients as general counsel. Previously, he has held positions as general counsel, vice president for international, or business general manager with The Pillsbury Company, ADC Telecommunications, Inc., and G&K Services, Inc., and is founder and former chief executive officer of Internet Destination Sales System, Inc. Mr. Fisher has served as a member and vice chair of the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area, and as Minnesota state commissioner of administration, when he was state chief operating officer and chief information officer.


John Matheson is an internationally recognized expert in the area of corporate and business law. He has taught in China, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Uruguay and Lithuania. He teaches courses in the business law area, including business associations/corporations, contracts, advanced corporate law, and comparative corporate governance.

Associate Director

Kristin E. Hickman joined the Law School in 2004. She teaches and writes primarily in the areas of tax law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. Her research includes issues of tax administration and judicial review in the federal income tax context. Professor Hickman held the law school’s Julius E. Davis Chair in Law in 2010-11 and is the Donald C. Alexander Visiting Professor in Tax Law at Harvard Law School for the 2012-13 academic year.

Business Law Faculty

The Corporate Institute's fundamental strength is the quality of the Law School's exceptional business law faculty. This nationally renowned faculty sets the tone for a collegiate environment where respect and dedication to the highest academic standards are the foundation of teaching, study and research in areas of business law.

The business law faculty includes experts in areas such as antitrust, bankruptcy, commercial, corporate finance and governance, international trade, law and economics, negotiation, professional responsibility, securities regulation and tax. These faculty members bring a broad perspective to their business teaching and scholarship, based in part on experiences in private practice, international teaching and consulting, and testimony before government bodies at the state and federal levels. They are frequently quoted in the press on such issues as banking and foreclosure, corporate tax issues, securities and corporate governance.