Gordon Smith
Associate Dean and Glen L. Farr Professor of Law

Professor Smith's research focuses on corporate and securities law, with particular emphases on Delaware corporate law and entrepreneurial finance. His work has appeared in many top law reviews, and he has co-authored a popular casebook, Business Organizations: Cases, Problems & Case Studies, with Professor Cynthia Williams of the University of Illinois Law School.

Prior to joining the BYU law faculty, Professor Smith taught law at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as Associate Director of the Initiative for Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship (InSiTE). He also taught at Lewis & Clark Law School and has been a visiting professor of law at Vanderbilt University, Arizona State University and Washington University. He has taught courses at universities in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Before entering academe, Professor Smith clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and was an associate in the Delaware office of the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

About the Glen L. Farr Professorship

The Glen L. Farr Professorship seeks to keep alive the memory of a person who was dedicated to his professional pursuits and equally dedicated to his family and to civic and church responsibilities. Glen Farr exerted an uplifting influence on others during his life.

At age 17 he began his career with Union Pacific Railroad as an office boy. From that humble beginning, he established his legacy of hard work and fair treatment of others. He received several promotions until the company selected him as vice president of labor relations, where he served for the rest of his life.

The Union Pacific Railroad board of directors wrote, “He was a valued counselor and fierce in his support of higher education. He encouraged many young people to succeed where they otherwise might have failed. His family’s support of this professorship reflects their desire to continue his efforts to encourage higher education for young people.”

Contact: 432 JRCB, BYU Law School, Provo, UT 84602 • (801) 422-3233 • smithg@law.byu.edu
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Curriculum Vitae: View Gordon Smith's Curriculum Vitae here.
  • JD from University of Chicago Law School. Class of 1990.
    With Honors; Law Review Comment Editor; Bradley Law and Government Fellow
  • BS from Brigham Young University. Class of 1986.
    Magna Cum Laude
Research Interests:
  • Corporate and securities laws
  • Law and entrepreneurship
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Transactional lawyering
Classes Taught: Corporate Finance, Law & Entrepreneurship, Securities Regulation, Business Associations, Contracts