Matthew Doré Prof ile
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Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Commercial and Bankruptcy Law, Business Associations


J.D. University of Texas School of Law with High Honors, Order of the Coif
  Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
B.A. Rice University, magna cum laude


Drake Professor since 1992
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody- Austin, TX
Clerk, Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

Selected Publications

"The Iowa Business Corporation Act's Staggered Board Requirement for Public Corporations: A Hostile Takeover of Iowa Corporate Law?", Drake Law Review Discourse (June 2012)"What, Me Worry? Personal Tort Liability and Risks for Participants in LLC,"   11 U.C. Davis Business Law Review 267 (2011)

Vols. 5 & 6 Iowa Practice Series- Business Organizations, West (new editions published annually)

Iowa Practice Guide (2008) (Iowa chapter in State Limited Partnership Laws (Aspen))

"Presumed Innocent? Financial Institutions, Professional Malpractice Claims, and Defenses Based on Management Misconduct," 1995 Columbia Business Law Review 127

"Statutes of Limitation and Corporate Fiduciary Litigation: A Search for Middle Ground on the Rules/ Standards Continuum," 63 Brooklyn Law Review 695

"The Duties and Liabilities of an Iowa Corporate Director," 50 Drake Law Review 207

Significant Accomplishments

Selected by the Drake Law Class of 2008 as the Leland Forrest Oustanding Professor

Panel Presenter, "What, Me Worry? Personal Tort Liability and the LLC" (AALS Annual Meeting 2008, Section on Agency, Partnership and Unincorporated Business Organizations)

Cited in several key Iowa Supreme Court decisions on business organization law

Chair-Elect, Iowa State Bar Association Business Law Council

Past Member and Chair, Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education

Quoted in the national press on lawyer liability issues

Wrote the only comprehensive treatise on Iowa Business Associations published in the last 20 years

Chair, Committee that revised Iowa Uniform Partnership Act

Chair, Committee that revised the Iowa Uniform Limited Partnership Act

Chair, Committee that revised Iowa Limited Liability Limited Partnership Law

Member, Committee that revised Articles 5 & 8 of the Iowa Uniform Commercial Code

Legal Engineering

"Like most transactional lawyers, I became, in my years of corporate and commercial law practice, a legal engineer of sorts. I learned that in business deals, law's purpose is not to resolve disputes. Rather, the law provides transactional lawyers the tools to achieve desired ends for clients and avoid disputes. The nature of law makes such a task tricky work, of course. Inflexible legal rules impede desirable transactions. Ambiguity in the law, on the other hand, entraps the unwary business attorney. Transactional practice requires the lawyer to compensate for the yin and yang of law at both of these extremes. As a teacher, my goal is to develop skills that enable our graduates to meet these considerable demands of corporate and commercial law practice."

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