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David Zarfes : Education and Experience


Georgetown University Law Center
LLM in tax, 1991

Columbia University School of International Affairs
MPA in public policy, 1987

Cardozo School of Law
JD, 1987 (joint degree with Columbia's School of International Affairs)

The University of Chicago Graduate Division of the Humanities
MA, 1983

The University of Chicago
BA, 1982


The University of Chicago Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, 2013-present
Associate Dean, Corporate and Legal Affairs, 2007-2012
Schwartz Visiting Associate Professor, 2006-2007   
Adjunct Professor of Law, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Outsourcing, 2000-2006

  • Endowed teaching position with courses in Complex Corporate Transactions, Compliance (e.g., Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Outsourcing, Mediation and Arbitration, Corporate Governance, and Legal Ethics
  • Transactional law projects and consulting with Microsoft, UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Accenture, Northern Trust, Neiman Marcus Group, United Airlines, and Baxter International
  • Direction of corporate and legal affairs for the Law School
  • Class of 2013 Teaching Award

Columbia University Law School
Adjunct Professor of Law, Information Technology and Outsourcing and Corporate Law, 2005-2009

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP New York , NY
Senior Counsel, 2006-2007

  • While teaching at the University of Chicago Law School, maintained a corporate, transactional, and arbitration practice representing a number of listed and private corporations
  • Principal counsel in a number of international arbitrations

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young New York, NY
Executive VP, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, 1994-2006
Deputy General Counsel, 1994
Member of senior management reporting to the CEO
Member, Executive Committee, Corporate Governance and Compliance Committees, and various Holding Company steering committees

  • Directed all legal department operations (30+ attorneys and paralegals) for North and South American subsidiaries of Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, a French publicly traded information technology, management consulting, and services company 

Reed Smith Shaw & McClay New York, NY
Of Counsel, Corporate Department, 1994
Associate, Corporate Department, 1987-1993

  • Maintained a corporate, transactional, and arbitration practice representing private and listed companies