Professor John H. Matheson is an internationally recognized expert in the area of corporate and business law. He has taught in China, England, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Uruguay and Lithuania. He teaches courses in the business law area, including business associations/corporations, contracts, advanced corporate law, and comparative corporate governance.
Professor Matheson received his B.S. degree from Illinois State University with high honors. He received his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. After completing his J.D. degree, he clerked for Judge Robert A. Sprecher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Matheson then practiced with the law firm of Hedlund, Hunter & Lynch (now Latham & Watkins) in Chicago.
In 1982, he joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty. He serves as Director of the Law School's Corporate Institute. Professor Matheson is also a practicing lawyer. He serves as Of Counsel to Kaplan, Strangis and Kaplan, P.A., specializing in corporate governance counseling, fiduciary duties, mergers and acquisitions, and securities law matters. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
On five occasions Professor Matheson has been the recipient of the Law School's annual Professor of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching and Counseling. In 2008, Professor Matheson received the University-wide Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate and Professional Education and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He was the first Law School professor to be so honored by the University.
Professor Matheson's several books and numerous articles predominantly address business and corporate law issues. One of Professor Matheson's co-authored articles, "Challenging Delaware's Desirability as a Haven for Incorporation," received the National Burton Award for Legal Excellence.