William Birdthistle is Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he specializes in investment funds and corporate law. He is the author of Empire of the Fund: The Way We Save Now (Oxford University Press, 2016) and co-editor of The Research Handbook on the Regulation of Mutual Funds (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2017).
Birdthistle is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. summa cum laude in English and psychology from Duke University in 1995. Following law school, Birdthistle clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
He is a citizen of both the Republic of Ireland and the United States and spent eight years living in Marsa el-Brega, Libya, and nine years living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before coming to the United States in 1991 for his undergraduate studies. Birdthistle teaches business organizations, securities regulation, corporate finance, and investment funds.