David Groshoff, J.D.

David Groshoff

David Groshoff

Chair, Business; Associate Professor.


Phone: 310-476-9777

Ext: 206


J.D., The Ohio State University;
M.B.A., Finance, Northern Kentucky University;
M.B.A., Business Administration, Northern Kentucky University;
Ed.M., Law & Economics Teaching & Curriculum, Harvard University;
B.A. with Honors, History & Spanish Double Major, graduated in 3 years; Indiana University
Certificate, FinTech & Future Payment Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Certificate, International Corporate Social Responsibility, IPADE (México City).


David Groshoff is an Associate Professor of Business and Law at AJU, where he also serves as the Chair of the Department of Business Administration and Innovation. Professor Groshoff's research interests reside at the nexus of business law, finance, and technology. He generally focuses his research on the intersection of law, heterodox economic theory, and entrepreneurial finance and technology, where laws, rules, regulations, and policy levers cause market-distorting behavior, leading to asset mis-valuation, in terms of human, social, or financial capital. Citing his research, Professor Groshoff has been called an "expert" in corporate law alongside names that include the Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court in a highly regarded academic journal, and Professor Groshoff has been called a "major scholar" by tenured faculty in the Big Ten, the premiere coalition of research universities in the United States. Academic journals at some of the best-regarded universities in the nation have published Professor Groshoff's research, including schools in the Ivy League and Big Ten, as well as Yeshiva University.

Professor Groshoff is a well sought-after presenter and speaker relative to his scholarship, and he has been invited to present his research at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Cleveland State University's Cleveland-Marshall School of Law, Loyola of Los Angeles' School of Law, Campbell University's School of Law, Chapman University's Dale E. Fowler School of Law, and others.

On campus, Professor Groshoff who tries to get to know his students personally and develop long-lasting relationships with them. In the classroom, he is a dynamic "edutainer" and always seeks to push the envelope with an interactive mixture of theory, praxis, learner involvement, humor and extremely challenging assessments. The American Association of Law Schools (AALS) recognized his having been voted by the Class of 2014 as "Professor of the Year" at the oldest law school in Orange County, California, where he was an Associate Professor of Law and the Business Law Center Director before moving on to help multiple entrepreneurial startups in Boston founded by a former E&Y National Entrepreneur of the Year. Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Groshoff was a full-time Assistant Professor of Finance at Providence College's School of Business, in Providence, Rhode Island, where his students' evaluations of his teaching placed him among the Top 10% of professors nationally. On a part-time basis, he also taught Macroeconomics at Boston's Fisher College, Advanced Finance and Managerial Economics at Northern Kentucky University's AACSB-International-accredited MBA program, and Professor Groshoff has also taught constitutional legal history at the Harvard-Cambridge Summer Academy. You may also see other evaluations of his teaching by his former business students at http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1358950, and his former law students at http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=1494654.

Practically, Professor Groshoff believes that the best classroom teaching and the best research arises from bridging theory and praxis. As a result, he continues to maintain meaningful practical experience. Currently, he continues to own and manage a consulting firm focused on the needs of entrepreneurs as well as high profile Wall Street, governmental, and non-profit clients, where, at the time of this writing he manages assets of well into the hundreds of millions of dollars and serves as the chief executive of companies organized from Georgia to Tennessee to Ohio to Delaware and elsewhere.

Before that, Professor Groshoff has served as the Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer of a publicly traded investment company, was a member of the board of directors and audit committees of three publicly held corporations, one of which the Wall Street Journal ranked as one of the Top-100 performing exchange-traded stocks of 2005 by providing an annual return of 155% to its shareholders that year, and he was a board member of several non-profits. Immediately prior to joining AJU, he was the founding General Counsel and Interim CFO for several FinTech startups in Boston. Before entering academia, Professor Groshoff spent over a decade as a special situations investment analyst and portfolio manager at JPMorgan Asset Management. He began his career working for a group of sports agents in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he helped prepare for the NFL draft, promote his clients to NFL teams, negotiate NFL contracts, review MLB contracts and promotional materials, and helped represent coaches and athletes in various legal matters. Professor Groshoff also served for 18 months as a law clerk to a trial court judge for 18 months and externed for the second female justice in the history of the Ohio Supreme Court. He became a licensed attorney at age 24.


Moore's Law Versus' "Man's'" Law?: How Cybersecurity and Cyber Terror Government Policies May Impact Entrepreneurial Startups,
19 Chapman Law Review 373 (2016) (invited symposium article).

Equity Crowdfunding as Economic Development?,
38 Campbell Law Review 317 (2016) (invited symposium article).

The Coming Wave of Pretextually Profiteering Social Entrepreneurs: A Case Study at the Nexus of Property and Civil Rights,
39 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 657 (2015).

Crowdfunding 6.0: Does the SEC's FinTechLaw Failure Reveal the Agency's True Mission to Protect—Solely Accredited—Investors?,
9 Ohio State University Entrepreneurial Business Law Journal 277 (2015,co-authored).

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowdfunding Constraints & Bitcoin Bubbles,
5 William & Mary Business Law Review 489 (2014).

Will the JOBS Act's Transformative Regulatory Regime for Equity Offerings Cost Investment Bankers' Jobs?,
1 Texas A&M Law Review, 559 (2014) (invited, co-authored essay for law review’s inaugural volume).

Con-trepreneurship? Examining Social Enterprise Legislation’s Feel-Good Governance Giveaways,
16 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law 233 (2013).

Would "Junkholder Primacy" Reduce Junk Corporate Governance?,
13 Journal of Business & Securities Law (Michigan State University) 59 (2012).

Law School Leveraged Buyouts & Stakeholder Values, 17 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 387 (2012).

How Damage to Gay Youth Was "Borne This Way," 18 Cardozo Journal of Law & Gender (Yeshiva University) 275 (2012).

Unchartered Territory: Market Competition’s Constitutional Collision with Entrepreneurial Sex- Segregated Charter Schools, 2010 Brigham Young University Education & Law Journal 307 (2010). .