Tom C.W. Lin

Jack E. Feinberg Chair in Litigation
Professor of Law

Tom C.W. Lin is the Jack E. Feinberg Chair Professor of Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, and bestselling author of the acclaimed book, The Capitalist and the Activist.  He is also an Academic Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance.  His research and teaching expertise are in the areas of business organizations, corporate governance, and financial technology. Professor Lin and his scholarship has been published by numerous leading law journals, including California Law ReviewUCLA Law ReviewGeorge Washington Law ReviewNotre Dame Law ReviewBoston University Law ReviewMinnesota Law Review, and Emory Law Journal, among others.  His expertise has been featured in major media outlets like The Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, Bloomberg NewsFortuneCNN, and The Financial Times. His research has also been cited and recognized by courts and regulators around the world.

Professor Lin is a past winner of the university-wide Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the George P. Williams Memorial Award for Outstanding Professor of the Year, and the Richard J. Davis Ethics, Legal, Regulatory Insight Honorable Distinction Award given by the Investment Management Consultants Association.  He is also a past nominee for the American Law Institute’s Young Scholars Medal and the Eric R. Yamamoto Emerging Scholar Award. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Lin practiced law at the New York State Office of the Attorney General and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City. He holds a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an Arthur Littleton Fellow.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
B.A. (magna cum laude), New York University

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Awards and Recognition

  • Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2021)
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University Wide) (2018)
  • George P. Williams, III, Memorial Award for the Outstanding Professor of the Year (2016)
  • The Investment Management Consultants Association's Richard J. Davis Ethics, Legal, Regulatory Insight Honorable Distinction Award (2015)
  • The American Law Institute Young Scholars Medal Nominee (2015)
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