Julian Velasco

Julian Velasco

Associate Professor of Law

Office: 2142 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.4965
Email: jvelasco@nd.edu
Staff Assistant: Debbie Sumption
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Julian Velasco joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School in the fall of 2001 and earned tenure in 2007. Prior to joining the Notre Dame Law School faculty, he served as an associate professor at the Hofstra University School of Law, practiced law as a corporate attorney with Sullivan & Cromwell, a New York City law firm, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Velasco received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was awarded the honors of Kent Scholar and Stone Scholar and served as an editor of the Columbia Law Review. He earned a B.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University School of Business Administration, where he majored in Finance and minored in Philosophy and in Theology. 

Velasco’s primary teaching and research interests include corporate law, corporate governance, and fiduciary law.

Courses Taught

LAW60105, Contracts
LAW70101, Business Associations 
LAW70107, Securities Regulation 
LAW70123, Corporate Finance 
LAW70127, Mergers and Acquisitions 
LAW73125, Advanced Topics in Corporate Law (Seminar)


Selected Scholarship 

Fiduciary Principles in Corporate Law (forthcoming in Oxford Handbook of Fiduciary Law (Evan Criddle, Paul Miller & Robert H. Sitkoff,, eds. 2019) (Oxford University Press))

The Diminishing Duty of Loyalty, 75 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 1035 (2018)

Delimiting Fiduciary Status (forthcoming in Research Handbook On Fiduciary Law (D. Gordon Smith & Andrew S. Gold, eds. 2017) (Elgar Publishing))

Empowering Courts in Corporate Law, 41 J. Corp. L. 767 (2017)

A Defense of the Corporate Law Duty of Care, 40 J. CORP. L. 647 (2015). 

Fiduciary Duties and Fiduciary Outs, 21 GEO. MASON L. REV. 157 (2013). 

The Role of Aspiration in Corporate Fiduciary Duties, 54 WM. & MARY L. REV. 519 (2012). 

How Many Fiduciary Duties Are There in Corporate Law?, 83 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1231 (2010). 

Shareholder Ownership and Primacy, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 897 (2010). 

Taking Shareholder Rights Seriously, 41 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 605 (2007). 

The Fundamental Rights of the Shareholder, 40 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 407 (2006). 

Structural Bias and the Need for Substantive Review, 82 Wash. U.L.Q. 821 (2004), reprinted in 47 Corp. Prac. Commentator 679 (2005). 

Just Do It: An Antidote to the Poison Pill, 52 Emory L.J. 849 (2003). 

The Enduring Illegitimacy of the Poison Pill, 27 J. Corp. L. 381 (2002). 

Congressional Control Over Federal Court Jurisdiction: A Defense of the Traditional View, 46 Cath. U. L. Rev. 671 (1997). 

Note, The Copyrightability of Nonliteral Elements of Computer Programs, 94 Colum. L. Rev. 242 (1994), reprinted in 27 Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 329 (1995).

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • Fiduciary Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions