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Susanna Ripken

Professor, William P. Foley II Chair in Corporate Law and Taxation
Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Expertise: Securities Law; Corporations; Business Law; Corporate Personhood; Agency & Partnership
Office Location: Kennedy Hall 444
Phone: (714) 628-2568
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Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles, Juris Doctor


Susanna Kim Ripken teaches business law courses at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law. She holds the William P. Foley II Chair in Corporate Law and Taxation. Professor Ripken has received the Professor of the Year Award from the student body multiple times, and has also earned the Faculty Excellence Award and the Scudder Award for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. She is the author of several scholarly works on corporate and securities law, including the book Corporate Personhood (Cambridge University Press 2019).

Prior to joining Chapman, Professor Ripken practiced as a transactional attorney in the corporate department of the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. At the firm, she handled corporate and securities transactions for large corporations and business entities.

Professor Ripken is a graduate of Stanford University, where she was selected to be a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She served as an editor of the UCLA Law Review and graduated with membership in the Order of the Coif. After law school, Professor Ripken clerked for the Honorable Robert Boochever on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Courses Taught: Corporations, Agency & Partnership, Securities Regulation, Advanced Corporate Law Seminar, and Professional Responsibility

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