Elizabeth Pollman

Professor of Law

AB, with distinction, Stanford University
JD, with distinction, Stanford Law School, Order of the Coif


Professor Pollman teaches and writes on a wide variety of topics in business law, with a particular focus in her scholarship on corporate personhood, the constitutional rights of corporations, law and entrepreneurship, and startup companies. 

Professor Pollman was the 2014 recipient of the ESBA Excellence in Teaching Award. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS section on Business Associations and the Organizing Committee for the National Business Law Scholars Conference. She will be a visiting professor at UC Berkeley School of Law in Spring 2017.     

Before joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Pollman was a fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University, and a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School. She previously practiced as a transactional lawyer and business litigator at Latham & Watkins in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. She clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She earned both her B.A. and J.D., with distinction, from Stanford University. Before law school, she managed a business development team at a publishing startup that was acquired by one of the country’s largest newspaper publishers.

Selected Scholarship


Book Chapters

  • The Rise of Regulatory Affairs in Innovative Startups, in The Handbook on Law and Entrepreneurship in the United States (Gordon Smith & Christine Hurt eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • Corporate Governance Beyond Economics, in The Corporate Contract in Changing Times: Is the Law Keeping Up? (Steven Davidoff Solomon, Randall Thomas & William Savitt, eds.) (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • The Supreme Court’s View of Corporate Rights: Two Centuries of Evolution and Controversy, in Corporations and American Democracy (with Margaret M. Blair) (Naomi R. Lamoreaux & William J. Novak, eds.) (Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • Social and Asocial Enterprise, in The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law (Benjamin Means & Joseph W. Yockey, eds.) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • Corporate Law and Theory in Hobby Lobby, in The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Micah Schwartzman, Chad Flanders, & Zoë Robinson, eds.) (Oxford University Press 2016)

Essays & Shorter Works