Assistant Professor of Law
Areas of Expertise
Business Associations, Business Law, Securities Regulation, Corporations, Corporate Law, Corporate Governance
Urska Velikonja joined Emory in 2013 after having spent two years at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Professor Velikonja teaches business law courses, including securities regulation and mergers and acquisitions and writes primarily about securities regulation and enforcement. Her most recent article “Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC’s Fair Fund Distributions,” forthcoming in Stanford Law Review, studies empirically all SEC fair fund distributions to date. Professor Velikonja has testified to the PCAOB about her prior work on the economic consequences of financial reporting fraud, which refutes the widely held belief that securities fraud harms primarily shareholders. Professor Velikonja’s work has appeared in the William & Mary Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, and UC Davis Law Review. Prior to joining academia, Professor Velikonja clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and worked as a banking and finance associate with an Austrian law firm in her native Slovenia. She graduated first in her law class at the University of Ljubljana School of Law (undergraduate degree) and received her JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Education: JD, Harvard Law School, 2009; LLM, Harvard Law School, 2003; LLB, University of Ljubljana School of Law, 2002
"Waiving Disqualification: When Do Securities Violators Receive a Reprieve?," 103 California Law Review (forthcoming) (2015).
"Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC’s Fair Fund Distributions," 67 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming) (2015).
"The Political Economy of Board Independence," 92 North Carolina Law Review (forthcoming 2014).
"Leverage, Sanctions, and Deterrence of Accounting Fraud," 44 UC Davis Law Review 1281 (2011).
"Making Peace and Making Money," ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine, Winter 2011, at 20 (solicited)
"Commercial Collections in Slovenia," in International Commercial Debt Collection (David Franklin ed., 2007)
"On Translating the European Constitution: Drafted in Two Languages, Law in Twenty-Seven," 41 Javna Uprava [Public Law Journal] 890 (2005)
"Companies Law Amended to Implement E.U. Directives," Tax Planning International: European Union Focus, BNA International, July/August 2004 (with Ales Lunder)
"Investigating White-Collar Crime and Corruption," Pravna Praksa [Legal Practice], Jan. 1999, at 2-3.
- Team Production Theory, Shareholder Wealth Maximization, and Corporate Malfeasance Sixth Annual Adolf A. Berle Jr. Symposium on Corporations, Law, and Society, Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, WA (June 23-24, 2014)
- Public Compensation for Private Harm: Evidence from the SEC’s Fair Fund Distributions
- Junior Business Law Conference
- University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO (July 10-11, 2014)
- Discussant, “Does the Public/Private Divide in Federal Securities Regulation Make Sense?,” Southeastern Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (Aug. 6, 2014)
- Panelist, “The Corporation: Film Screening and Panel with Author,” Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Nov. 4, 2013)
- Panelist, “International Law for 1Ls,” Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Oct. 9, 2013)
- Commentator on Aditi Bagchi, Third-Party Losers, Junior Business Law Conference, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO (July 11-12, 2013)
- Corporate & Securities Litigation Workshop, Chicago, IL, (Nov. 7-8, 2013)
- The Political Economy of Board Independence
- Southeast Jr/Sr Faculty Workshop, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Nov. 15-16, 2013)
- Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Capital Markets Faulty Workshop, Columbus, OH (Oct. 16, 2013)
- Junior Business Law Conference, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, CO (July 11-12, 2013) (comments by Richard Squire, Fordham)
- The Cost of Securities Fraud (also presented as The Social Cost of Financial Misrepresentations)
- PCAOB Standing Advisory Group Meeting, Washington, DC (Nov. 13-14, 2013)
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (Nov. 14, 2012)
- Midwest Law and Economics Annual Meeting, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (Oct. 13, 2012)
- Southeastern Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting, Amelia Island, FL (Aug. 3, 2012)
- Law & Society Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI (June 5, 2012)
- ASU Legal Scholars Conference, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Tempe, AZ (March 17, 2012)
- Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA (March 15, 2012)
- George Washington University Law School, Center for Law, Economics & Finance, Washington, DC (Feb. 10, 2012)
- Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA (Oct. 19, 2011)
- University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD (Oct. 11, 2011)
- Francesco Guerrera, "The SEC Record of Small and Big Bucks" The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 30, at C1, 2014 »
- Joe Morris, “Rough Justice” for Scandal-Scarred U.S. Funds, FIN. TIMES, Mar. 9, 2014 »
- The Conglomerate, Guest Blog Series (Feb. 10-23, 2014).
- Alison Frankel, Board Independence is Just Cheap Way to Appease Congress: New Paper, Reuters (Dec. 5, 2013) »
- Melissa J. Anderson, Board Super-Independence Skyrockets, but at What Cost?, FIN. TIMES AGENDA, Dec. 2, 2013 »
- Steven M. Davidoff, The Case Against Too Much Independence on the Board, N.Y. TIMES DEALBOOK, Nov. 11, 2013 »
- Heike Buchter, Die US-Justiz holt sich im Zuge der Krisenaufarbeitung 13 Milliarden Dollar von JP Morgan. Ist Bald auch die Deutsche Bank and der Reihe?, DIE ZEIT, Oct. 24, 2013 »