A. Joseph Warburton

A. Joseph WarburtonProfessor of Law
Professor of Finance, Whitman School of Management

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A. Joseph Warburton holds a shared appointment at Syracuse University, as Professor of Law at the College of Law and Professor of Finance at the Whitman School of Management.

Professor Warburton’s research focuses on corporate finance, financial regulation, investment management, and bankruptcy & financial distress. His research is largely empirical, and focuses on areas where law and finance intersect.

Professor Warburton has published his research in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies and the Journal of Banking & Finance. He has been invited to present his work at leading academic and policy venues including the American Finance Association and the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, and his papers have been accepted (three times) to the prestigious Yale-Stanford-Harvard junior faculty forum.

His research has been cited in a number of Congressional hearings and White House reports and in publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Bloomberg. Professor Warburton’s research has attracted significant outside funding, including major research grants from the John Templeton Foundation and the World Bank.

Since joining Syracuse in 2009, Professor Warburton has held simultaneous appointments in the University’s law school and its business school (as Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor) with voting rights in each school.

Prior to his academic career, Professor Warburton was a banking and finance attorney with the Wall Street law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in New York City and with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago. Professor Warburton has also served as in-house counsel with Wells Fargo and Global Crossing. In all, Professor Warburton has nearly a decade of experience representing major financial institutions and public corporations in complex financing matters.

Professor Warburton earned a law degree (cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. He also holds a master’s degree in financial economics from the University of London and a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. His A.B. (magna cum laude) is from Brown University.


  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business
    Ph.D., Finance 2009
  • University of London
    M.S. 2002
  • University of Michigan Law School
    J.D., cum laude 1996
  • University of Pennsylvania
    M.G.A. 1994
  • Brown University
    A.B., magna cum laude 1992