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 award-winning book, The Capitalist and the Activist, which was named one of the best business books as well as one of the best social justice books of the year in 2023.  His research and teaching focus are in the areas of corporate governance, business organizations, securities law, and financial technology. His scholarship has been published by numerous leading law journals, including Boston University Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewEmory Law JournalGeorge Washington Law ReviewMinnesota Law ReviewNotre Dame Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. 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.  He is also an Academic Fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Law, Economics & Finance.

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 (twice), an Axiom Business Book Awards Silver Medal honoring the best business books of the year, a Nautilus Book Award commending the best social justice books of the year, and the Investment Management Consultants Association’s Davis Ethics, Legal, Regulatory Insight Honorable Distinction 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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  • George P. Williams, III, Memorial Award for the Outstanding Professor of the Year (2023, 2016)
  • Nautilus Book Award Winner (2023)
  • Axiom Business Book Awards Silver Medal (2023)
  • Friel-Scanlan Award for Outstanding Scholarship (2021)
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (University Wide) (2018)
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