John F. Coyle

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  • J.D., Yale University (2005)
  • M.Phil., European Studies, University of Cambridge (2001)
  • B.A., History and Literature, Harvard University (2000)

Professor Coyle joined the UNC faculty in 2010 after serving as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. Prior to his fellowship, Professor Coyle clerked for Judge Reena Raggi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced corporate law at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. His research interests include corporate law (with an emphasis on venture capital), conflict of laws, and contract law. In 2015, he received the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence from the graduating class at Carolina Law.

Professor Coyle received his B.A. in History and Literature, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard College. He received his M.Phil in European Studies from Cambridge University, where he wrote his dissertation about economic and cultural globalization. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a symposium editor for the Yale Law Journal, an articles editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and a recipient of the William K.S. Wang Prize and the Jewell Prize.

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Selected Publications

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  • Choice-of-Law Clauses in U.S. Bond Indentures, 13 CAPITAL MARKETS L. J. 152 (2018). [SSRN]
  • Interpreting Forum Selection Clauses, 104 IOWA L. REV. (forthcoming 2019).  [SSRN]
  • Startup Lawyering 2.0 (with J. Green), 95 N.C. L. REV. 1403 (2017). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
  • The Canons of Construction for Choice-of-Law Clauses, 92 WASH. L. REV. 631 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • The Role of the CISG in U.S. Contract Practice: An Empirical Study, 38 U. PA. J. INT’L L. 195 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Altering Rules, Cumulative Voting, and Venture Capital, 2016 UTAH L. REV. 595 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Crowdfunding and the Not-So-Safe SAFE (with J. Green), 102 VA. L. REV. ONLINE 168 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Contractual Innovation in Venture Capital (with J. Green), 66 HASTINGS L. J. 133 (2014). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Acqui-hiring (J. Coyle & G. Polsky), 63 DUKE L.J. 281 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Business Courts and Interstate Competition, 53 WM. & MARY L. REV. 1915 (2012), reprinted in 54 CORPORATE PRACTICE COMMENTATOR 869 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
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