Eric Chiappinelli has published numerous law review articles and a widely used casebook on business entities (third edition, Aspen, forthcoming 2014). His current research interests include Delaware corporate law, nonprofit governance and the economics of legal education. 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.
Before entering academia, 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).
Chiappinelli was a visiting professor at Texas Tech during the 2012-2013 academic year and became the Frank McDonald Endowed Professor of Law in fall 2013. Prior to coming to Texas Tech, he was the dean of the School of Law at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He began his academic career at Seattle University School of Law, where he was a professor 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.