Houman B. Shadab
Professor of Law
Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology
University of Southern California School of Law, J.D. 2002; University of California at Berkeley, B.A. 1998 with high honors
Houman B. Shadab is a prolific and influential expert at the intersection of law, technology, and business. His research and software development focus on enterprise software, legal and financial technology, and commercial transactions. His most recent work, Software is Scholarship, provides the first systematic account of software applications as works of scholarship.
Professor Shadab is the Director of the Innovation Center for Law and Technology and a Fellow at Stanford CodeX. He advises companies and financial institutions on issues relating to law, technology, and operations, and he co-founded the smart legal contracts startup Clause.
Professor Shadab has testified before the federal government several times, including before the Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Bitcoin derivatives and before Congress on hedge funds. He is often invited to speak at high-level academic, governmental, and practitioner events, including events organized by the International Monetary Fund, The Economist, and the New York State Bar Association.
Professor Shadab is the author of numerous academic articles published in journals such as the New York University Journal of Legislation and Public Policy and the Stanford Journal of Law, Business, and Finance. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award for his article on asset-based lending. Professor Shadab has also written chapters in books published by Oxford University Press and Wiley Finance.
Governmental authorities worldwide have cited Professor Shadab’s research, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Delaware Court of Chancery, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Congressional Oversight Panel, and the European Parliament.
Professor Shadab has been quoted in numerous media publications including the New York Times, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and has appeared on Bloomberg Television. He is a Fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Coin Center and is also a member of the New York and California bars. Prior to entering academia, Professor Shadab practiced law with Ropes & Gray in New York City and Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.