Joseph  Franco

Professor of Law

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Bar Admittance

  • NY
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals 1st & 2nd Circuits, D.C. Circuits
  • U.S.D.C. for the Southern and Eastern Districts of NY


Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School 2003 - present; Associate Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School 1996 - 2003; United States Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington, D.C.) - Office of the General Counsel, 1988-1996 -- Assistant General Counsel (Market Regulation 1992-1996), Special Counsel (International Litigation and Policy 1990-1992), Staff Attorney (Appellate 1988-90); Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York, NY, 1988-1990; Associate, 1985-1988; Law Clerk to the Honorable Caleb Wright, U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (1984-1985)   




Book Chapters

Mutual Fund Disclosure and Related Fund Investor Protection Features, in MUTUAL FUNDS AND EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS BUILDING BLOCKS TO WEALTH, H. Kent Baker, et al.eds. (Oxford University Press, 2015)


Of Complicity and Compliance: A Rule-Based Anti-Complicity Strategy under Federal Securities Law, 14 U. PA. J. BUS. L. 1 (2011)

A Consumer-Protection Approach to Mutual Fund Disclosure and the Limits of Simplification, 15 STANFORD J.L. BUS. & FIN. 1 (2010)

Why Antifraud Prohibitions Are Not Enough: The Significance of Opportunism, Candor and Signaling in the Economic Case for Mandatory Securities Disclosure, 2002 COLUM. BUS. L. REV. 223 (2002)

The Investment Company Act's Definition of 'Security' and the Myth of Equivalence, 7 STANFORD J.L. BUS. & FIN. 1 (2001)

Rethinking Brokerage Rebate Arrangements: The Case for Collective Pass-Through Arrangements, 1 VILL. J.L. & INV. MGMT. 143 (1999)

Written Disclosure that Bespeaks Caution and Oral Misstatements by Brokers, 10 INSIGHTS 19 (1996) (with Laura Leedy Gansler)


  • BA, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, JD, Yale University

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Courses Taught

  • Securities Regulation
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Finance
  • Investment Company Regulation