Areas of Specialization
Corporate Law; Securities Law; Venture Capital; Entrepreneurship
Corporate and securities law and their application to entrepreneurial activity.
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Darian Ibrahim earned a J.D. magna cum laude from Cornell Law School and a B.S. magna cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. At Cornell, he was Articles Editor of the Cornell Law Review, Order of the Coif, and a recipient of the Fredric H. Weisberg Prize for Constitutional Law. He was a summer associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York and an associate at Troutman Sanders in Atlanta, where he represented clients in mergers & acquisitions and the private placement of securities. He also clerked for Chief Justice Norman S. Fletcher of the Georgia Supreme Court.
Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty, Professor Ibrahim was an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Law, where he was voted Teacher of the Year, and an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
- Co-author, Delaware Law as Lingua Franca: Theory and Evidence, ___ J. L. & Econ. ___ (forthcoming November 2014) (with Brian Broughman & Jesse Fried).
- Co-author, Symposium, Law and Entrepreneurial Opportunities, 98 Cornell L. Rev. 1533 (2013) (with D. Gordon Smith).
- Should Angel-Backed Start-ups Reject Venture Capital?, 2 Mich. J. Private Equity & Venture Cap. L. 251 (2013).
- Symposium, How Do Start-ups Obtain Their Legal Services?, 2012 Wisc. L. Rev. 333 (2012).
- The New Exit in Venture Capital, 65 Vand. L. Rev. 1 (2012) (lead article).
- Debt as Venture Capital, 2010 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1169 (2010), reprinted in 53 Corporate Practice Commentator 175 (2011).
- Financing the Next Silicon Valley, 87 Wash. U. L. Rev. 717 (2010), reprinted in 2011 Securities L. Rev. Sec. 3.2.
- Co-author, Entrepreneurs on Horseback: Reflections on the Organization of Law, 50 Ariz. L. Rev. 71 (2008) (with D. Gordon Smith) (Invited Contribution for 50th Anniversary Issue).
- Individual or Collective Liability for Corporate Directors?, 93 Iowa L. Rev. 929 (2008).
- The (Not So) Puzzling Behavior of Angel Investors, 61 Vand L. Rev. 1405 (2008), reprinted in 51 Corporate Practice Commentator 121 (2009).
- Symposium, A Return to Descartes: Property, Profit, and the Corporate Ownership of Animals, 70 Law & Contemp. Probs. 89 (2007).
- Symposium, Reduce, Refine, Replace: The Failure of the Three R's and the Future of Animal Experimentation, 2006 U. Chi. Legal F. 195 (2006).
- The Anticruelty Statute: A Study in Animal Welfare, 1 J. Animal L. & Ethics 175 (2006).
- The Unique Benefits of Treating Personal Goodwill as Property in Corporate Acquisitions, 30 Del. J. Corp. L. 1 (2005).
- Solving the Everyday Problem of Client Identity in the Context of Closely Held Businesses, 56 Ala. L. Rev. 181 (2004).