Texas Tech University

Eric A. Chiappinelli

Frank McDonald Endowed Professor of Law, 2012

Email: eric.chiappinelli@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8274

Professor Chiappinelli has published numerous law review articles and a widely used casebook on business entities (third edition, Aspen, 2014). His current research interests include Delaware corporate law, nonprofit governance, family businesses, and the economics of legal education.

He teaches in the business law area, and currently teaches Business Entities, Advanced Business Entities, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Securities Regulation. He has also taught Nonprofit Organizations, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance, and Civil Procedure. Over his career he has won five teaching awards.

Professor Chiappinelli has been the Frank McDonald Endowed Professor of Law here at Texas Tech since 2013 and was a Visiting Professor here during the 2012–2013 academic year. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he was the Dean of the School of Law at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He began his academic career at Seattle University School of Law where he was a Professor of Law and an Associate Dean. He has been a visiting professor at Willamette University College of Law and a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Fellow of the A.A. Berle Center for Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University.

Before entering academia Professor Chiappinelli clerked at the United States District Court in Los Angeles and the Supreme Court of California. He practiced law in Los Angeles with Munger, Tolles, & Olson and Jones Day. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of California (inactive).

He is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, which comprises lawyers, judges, and scholars elected on the basis of their professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law.



  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College
  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law


  • Business Entities
  • Advanced Business Entities
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation

Selected Publications