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Tina L. Stark
Visiting Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Telephone: (917) 623-2620
Fax: (917) 210-3123


Tina L. Stark’s teaching and writing focus on the range of transactional skills and knowledge that lawyers entering a transactional practice will need. For many years, Professor Stark has been at the forefront of innovation in the teaching of transactional lawyering.

Drawing on her experience as a commercial banker and a corporate partner at Chadbourne & Parke LLP, she emphasizes the relationship between law and business as well as drafting skills, the analytical skills involved in “thinking like a deal lawyer,” and the organizational skills required to manage complex transactions.

 Before re-joining Fordham, Professor Stark was the founding Executive Director of Emory University Law School’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice. There, she created an integrated transactional skills curriculum built around three courses; each one building on the one before; each progressively more sophisticated. She established a similar program at Boston University School of Law.

 Professor Stark is the author of Drafting Contracts: How and Why Lawyers Do What They Do and editor-in-chief and co-author of Negotiating and Drafting Contract Boilerplate, in addition to many articles on the teaching and practice of transactional law. In 2012, she received the Burton Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Legal Writing Education, and she was one of 26 professors chosen from a nationwide search to be included in the study What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013).

 Professor Stark received her A.B. from Brown University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals.