Widener Law’s annual Pileggi lecture to focus on pre-selecting legal forums for corporate disputes
Public Relations - Published: October 7, 2010
GrundfestJosephPileggi235Widener University School of Law is pleased to announce that Joseph A. Grundfest, the William A. Franke Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, will deliver the 2010 annual Francis G. Pileggi Distinguished Lecture in Law.

Grundfest will give the lecture, “Choice of Forum in Intracorporate Litigation,” on Friday, Oct. 8 at 8:45 a.m. in the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel du Pont at 11th and Market Streets in Wilmington. He will give an encore presentation for students on the Delaware campus that day at 11 a.m. in room L126.

The lecture will explore the use of forum selection clauses in corporate indemnification agreements that are struck with directors and senior officers. Grundfest is expected to look at them as a possible mechanism for ensuring that lawsuits involving the internal affairs or governance of a corporation are litigated in the company’s state of incorporation.

Grundfest co-directs Stanford Law’s Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, which works to advance the practice and study of corporate governance. He has taught courses in securities regulation, corporate law and venture capital. He holds an undergraduate degree from Yale and a law degree from Stanford.

Before he joined the Stanford Law faculty, Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission and he served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters. He is chairman of the nominating committee of the NASDAQ stock market. At Stanford, he founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed online information about the prosecution, defense and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation.

The annual Pileggi lecture event is presented by Widener Law and the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, the school’s law review. The series has attracted many renowned speakers in the area of corporate law since the first Pileggi lecture in 1986. There is no cost to attend the breakfast or lecture. The event is made possible by the generosity of Francis G. Pileggi, a founding attorney of Pileggi & Pileggi and father of Widener Law alumnus Francis G.X. Pileggi, who conceived of the idea through a desire to create a corporate law forum for practitioners, judges and academics.