Center Leadership

  • Michael Donnella
    Practice Professor of Law Director, Center for Compliance and Ethics

    Michael Donnella co-teaches Introduction to Compliance and leads the Center for Compliance and Ethics. The Center is dedicated to improving the understanding and practice of compliance through innovative courses and educational programming, public-private sector dialogue, and academic research and thought leadership.

    Prior to joining Temple Law, Michael Donnella was Corporate Compliance Officer at Murphy Oil Corporation, an Arkansas-based international oil & gas exploration and production company at which he established and led the Global Compliance and Ethics program.

    He has previously served as Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, and Assistant General Counsel of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer) and as chief counsel in a number of Wyeth’s global divisions. Prior to Wyeth, he spent several years with AT&T, with assignments including state and federal regulatory, international commercial, and trade policy counseling. Michael began practicing law with Troutman Pepper in Atlanta.

    He is a frequent speaker on compliance and ethics, global anti-corruption, and risk management. Michael is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Chicago Law School. He is a member of the New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia Bars.

  • Jonathan Lipson
    Harold E. Kohn Chair Professor of Law Faculty Advisor, Center for Compliance and Ethics

    Jonathan Lipson holds the Harold E. Kohn Chair and is a Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He teaches Contracts, Bankruptcy, Corporations, Commercial Law, Lawyering for Entrepreneurship, International Business Transactions, and a variety of other business law courses. In addition to Temple, he has taught at the law schools of the University of Wisconsin (where he held the Foley & Lardner Chair), the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Baltimore.

    His research focuses on problems of governance and information asymmetry in business failure: Who decides how to fix broken companies, and who must reveal what information in order to do so? He has written scores of articles and book chapters considering these questions from a variety of perspectives, focusing in particular on the role of contracting practices, external investigation, and directorial duties.