Verity Winship

Professor of Law


Professor Verity Winship’s academic interests are in the area of business law and complex litigation. Her research focuses on corporate litigation, securities enforcement, and disputes that cross legal systems. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Vanderbilt Law Review, Boston University Law Review, the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, and the Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation. Professor Winship is former chair of the AALS securities regulation section (2016-17) and is on the executive committee of the AALS civil procedure section. She is a regular radio commentator for “Legal Issues in the News,” WILL-AM-FM Illinois Public Radio.

Professor Winship is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where she served as an executive editor of the Harvard Law Review. After graduating, she clerked for Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and then for Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also practiced law with WilmerHale in New York City in the area of securities enforcement and litigation.

Professor Winship began her academic career as a visiting assistant professor at Fordham and Cardozo law schools. She joined the University of Illinois College of Law faculty in the fall of 2010.

Follow Professor Winship on Twitter @VEWinship.


BA, JD Harvard University

Areas of Expertise

Civil Procedure
Complex Litigation
Corporate Law
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Securities Regulation
State-Federal Relations


Business Associations I
Civil Procedure
International Comp Aspects of Corp Law
Law Teaching Practicum
Law, Behavior & Social Science
Securities Litigation
Securities Regulation

Selected Publications

Enforcement Networks, 37 Yale J. on Regulation (2020)

Co-Editor, Elgar Research Handbook on Representative Shareholder Litigation (2018) (with Jessica Erickson, Sean Griffith, & David Webber)

A Cooperative Federalism Approach to Shareholder Arbitration, 128 Yale L.J.F. 169 (2018) (with Zachary D. Clopton).

Disgorgement in Insider Trading Cases: FY2005-FY2015, SMU L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018) (Symposium on Texas Gulf Sulphur’s 50thAnniversary).

An Empirical Study of Admissions in SEC Settlements, 60 Ariz. L. Rev. 1 (2018) (with Jennifer K. Robbennolt).

Admissions of Guilt in Civil Enforcement, 101 Minnesota L. Rev. (forthcoming) (with Jennifer K. Robbennolt).

Private Ordering of Shareholder Litigation in the EU and the US, in Sean Griffith, et al., eds., THE ELGAR HANDBOOK FOR REPRESENTATIVE SHAREHOLDER LITIGATION (forthcoming) (with Matteo Gargantini).

Litigation Rights and the Corporate Contract (invited book chapter in The Corporate Contract in Changing Times, Chicago University Press 2017).

Shareholder Litigation by Contract, 96 Boston University Law Review 485 (2016). Awarded scholarship prize at GW Law School’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF) Junior Faculty Workshop (2015).

LLCs and the Private Ordering of Dispute Resolution, 41 J. of Corporation L. 795 (2016) (with Peter Molk).

Contracting Around Securities Litigation, 69 SMU L. Rev. 913 (2015). Invited symposium essay in honor of corporate and securities scholar Alan Bromberg.

Corporate Law and the Reach of Courts, 19 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 693 (2015) (Symposium on Personal Jurisdiction).

Delaware Invites Certified Questions from Bankruptcy Courts, 39 Del. J. of Corporate L. 427 (2014).

Policing Compensatory Relief in Agency Settlements, 82 U. Cinn. L. Rev. 551 (Winter 2013).

Aligning Law and Forum: The Home Court Advantage81 Tenn. L. Rev. 1 (2013).

Certification of State-Law Questions by Bankruptcy Courts, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, vol. 87-4 (2014).

Personal Jurisdiction and Corporate Groups: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, 9 Journal of Private Int’l Law 431 (2013).

Jurisdiction Over Corporate Officers and the Incoherence of Implied Consent, 2013 U. of Ill. L. Rev 1171.

Teaching Federal Corporate Law (essay), 8 J. Bsns. & Tech. L. 1 (2013).

Bargaining for Exclusive State Court Jurisdiction, 1 Stanford Journal of Complex Litigation 51 (2012).

Cooperative Interbranch Federalism: Certification of State-Law Questions by Federal Agencies, 63 Vanderbilt L. Rev. 179 (2010).

Public Agencies and Investor Compensation: Examples from the SEC and CFTC, 61 Admin. L. Rev. 137 (2009).

Fair Funds and the SEC’s Compensation of Injured Investors, 60 Fla. L. Rev. 1103 (2008). Selected for reprinting in the anthology Securities Law Review 2009.


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