Robert Reder ’78 named professor of the practice of law

May 13, 2013

Professor of the Practice Bob RederRobert Reder has been named professor of the practice of law at Vanderbilt Law School. He will be affiliated with the law school’s Law and Business Program and teach courses in transactional practice and corporate governance.

Reder’s appointment to Vanderbilt’s law faculty was announced by Dean Chris Guthrie. He currently serves on the law school’s adjunct faculty and on its alumni Board of Advisors. “I am happy to announce that Bob Reder will join our law faculty as a professor of the practice of law this fall,” Dean Guthrie said. “He has made a valuable contribution to the law school as a member of our adjunct law faculty, and his students will benefit greatly from his depth of expertise in corporate governance and his years of corporate transactional experience at Milbank Tweed.”

Reder has 33 years of experience in transactional practice as a New York-based partner at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, where he practiced in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions and corporate groups from 1978 until his retirement in 2011. He became a partner in the firm in 1987 and was co-leader of the firm’s global corporate practice group from 2005-09, representing clients from a variety of industries in mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions and advising them on corporate governance matters.

In addition to teaching as a member of Vanderbilt’s adjunct law faculty, Reder has also taught transactional and corporate governance courses at the Columbia and Fordham law schools. During spring 2013, he taught Current Issues in Transactional Practice at Vanderbilt and made frequent appearances as a guest teacher in a mergers and acquisitions course at Columbia. He is an editorial advisor and a frequent contributor to The Corporate Counsel, a professional journal, and to BNA Corporate Accountability Report. He is a member of the American and New York State Bar Associations.

Reder earned his law degree at Vanderbilt in 1978, graduating Order of the Coif. He earned his undergraduate degree at Williams College in 1975.
“Bob Reder is a brilliant transactional lawyer and an excellent teacher,” said Randall Thomas, who heads Vanderbilt’s Law and Business Program. “I am glad to have a lawyer of his stature and experience joining the Law and Business faculty and look forward to working with him as a colleague.”

Founded in 1874 as one of Vanderbilt University’s first professional schools, Vanderbilt Law School has trained excellent lawyers for careers throughout the United States and around the world for more than 135 years. Located on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school offers three degree programs—J.D., an LL.M. program for foreign attorneys, and a Ph.D. in Law and Economics—four student-led scholarly journals, and eight academic programs that allow upper-level students to focus on specific areas of law.


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