Top Ten Books in Corporate Law (Practitioner)

J.W. Verret —  17 September 2010

My previous post listing my favorite books in corporate governance turned out to be fairly popular.  A few readers suggested however that my list contained few books that a practitioner would find useful in day to day practice.  I don’t know whether that’s true, but I will accept that my list had an academic focus.  Here is a list of my ten favorite books with a practioner focus.  Most of them are treatises.  What’s missing is the “Guide to Dodd-Frank” although I am sure someone will publish that once the implementing regulations are completed.  Until then, of course, your best bet to understand the corporate governance implications of Dodd-Frank is to read Defending Against Shareholder Proxy Access: Delaware’s Future Reviewing Company Defenses in the Era of Dodd-Frank.

Wolfe & Pittenger, Corporate and Commercial Practice in the Delaware Court of Chancery: Procedures in Equity, LexisNexis Matthew Bender

Ribstein and Keatinge on Limited Liability Companies, West Second Edition

John Olson and Amy Goodman, A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules, Aspen Fourth Edition

Loss, Seligman, & Paredes, Fundamentals of Securities Regulation, Aspen, Fifth Edition,

Marc Steinberg, Securities Regulation: Liabilities and Remedies, Law Journal Press

Welch, Saunders, & Turezyn, Folk on the Delaware General Corporation Law, Fifth Edition

R. Franklin Balotti, Delaware Law of Corporations and Business Organizations Deskbook, Aspen

Stephen A. Radin, The Business Judgment Rule: Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Officers, Wolters Kluwer Sixth Edition

Drexler, Black, & Sparks, Delaware Corporate Law and Practice, Matthew Bender

Stephen Bainbridge, The Complete Guide to Sarbanes-Oxley: Understanding How Sarbanes-Oxley Affects Your Business, Adams Media

6 responses to Top Ten Books in Corporate Law (Practitioner)


    On the field of tax law, I recommend this:
    You may want to add it to your list. There seems to be urgent demand!


      If by that comment you mean there is some urgent demand from some commentors who can’t appreciate that those making 250,000 in a large city with multiple children definitely aren’t rich, then perhaps I should also put up a guide to raising children for those who don’t appreciate the investment it takes.


        1) Read the income statistics. Only the top 1.5% make 250k or more (US Census 2005). How do you call them? Afluent?
        2) Also, read that study of the Brookings’ Tax Policy Center about the middle class tax cuts to see how Henderson profits of those.
        3) Any idea how the median family in the US makes ends meet? Must be an almost impossible task to come up with the huge investments!


        It’s Henderson’s money. He took the risk to get it. All he wants is for the government to quit penalizing him for taking smart risks with his labor and with his investments.

    Douglas B. Levene 18 September 2010 at 5:10 pm

    It’s now out of print, but Jim Freund’s book on Mergers & Acquisitions is by far the best ever written on that topic for practitioners.


    Thank you.

    I have all of them in PDF now (my secretary did an excelent job) so it is very convenient when I have to do a search.