Jay Kesten

Jay Keston

Jay Kesten

Associate Professor
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A202E
Phone: 850.644.1596


LL.M., Harvard University, 2009
LL.B., University of British Columbia, 2002
B.A., University of British Columbia, 1999

Professor Jay Kesten’s research concentrates on both theoretical and empirical aspects of corporate governance. He teaches Corporate Finance, Corporations and Corporate Governance, and Mergers and Acquisitions. Professor Kesten was formerly a visiting assistant professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law, and also has guest lectured at Wake Forest’s School of Business. Before entering law teaching, Kesten practiced for several years in Boston, most recently at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, where he focused primarily on corporate and securities litigation. After graduation from law school in Canada, he clerked for the British Columbia Supreme Court.


Select Recent and Forthcoming Publications

The Law and Economics of the Going Public Decision, in The Oxford University Press Handbook of IPOs (Douglas Cumming & Sofia Johan, editors) (Oxford University Press 2018)

Of Convergence and Contingency: Some Thoughts on Public Firm Fiduciary Duties, ___ Fla. L. Rev. Forum ___ (forthcoming 2021)