Constance E. Bagley

Constance E. Bagley is a Senior Research Scholar at the Yale Law School and was formerly a Professor in the Practice of Law and Management at the Yale School of Management. Her work focuses on law and strategy and how managers, entrepreneurs, and lawyers can use the law and legal tools to create realizable value and to manage the firm more effectively. She is a skilled public speaker and facilitator, and her clients include MassMutual Financial, PepsiCo, Microsoft, Prudential, CVS Health, and Colson Associates.

Professor Bagley received the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Yale School of Management in 2009 and again in 2013. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and Senior Lecturer in Law and Management at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 2000, she was a corporate securities partner in the San Francisco office of Bingham McCutchen where she represented a variety of public companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and start-ups. She was also a member of the faculty of the Young Presidents’ Organization International University for Presidents in Hong Kong and Prague.


She is the author of Managers and the Legal Environment: Strategies for the 21st Century (8th ed. 2015) and Winning Legally: How Managers Can Use the Law to Create Value, Marshal Resources, and Manage Risk (2005) and the coauthor (with Craig E. Dauchy) of The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Law (4th ed. 2011). Her articles include “Winning Legally: The Value of Legal Astuteness,” published in the Academy of Management Review.

Professor Bagley served as president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, and she received the Academy’s Senior Faculty Award of Excellence in 2006. She served on the National Adjudicatory Council of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority from 2005 – 2008.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Harvard Law School where she was invited to join the Harvard Law Review. She received her A.B., with Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa her junior year. In recognition of her pioneering work on the intersection of law and management, she received an honorary doctorate in economics from Lund University in 2011.

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