Leigh Anenson

Associate Professor

Logistics, Business & Public Policy
3429 Van Munching Hall
(301) 405-4105
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, with distinction; J.D., University of Akron School of Law, magna cum laude

Professor Anenson is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a Senior Fellow in the Department of Business Law & Taxation at Monash University.  She is an Associate Director of the interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Business Ethics, Regulation, and Crime (C-BERC).  She is the Core Coordinator for the business law curriculum and helped form the new Business Law Fellows Program.  She serves as a faculty advisor to the Business Law Society and to the Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity.  She was honored with the Smith School Top 15 Percent Teaching Awards for the 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and the 2009-2010 academic years.

Professor Anenson’s primary research interests are in American equity law.  Equitable principles arise in a variety of commercial settings comprising unfair competition, contracts, corporate governance, and financial fraud.  Equitable remedies and defenses available in adjudication are also an important component of commercial law.  Professor Anenson has focused on the equitable defenses of laches, unclean hands, and estoppel.  Her secondary research stream involves pension law and policy.

Professor Anenson recently examined the inequitable conduct doctrine in the field of patent law.  A prior inquiry with a professor of business ethics extended research in the fields of business, ethics, and law by evaluating the use of the clean hands doctrine to better align executive pay and performance and remedy excessive compensation.  She is currently developing a theory of statutory discretion for equitable defenses in federal regulation.  In collaboration with a professor of finance, she is also analyzing public pension liability and proposing reform.

Professor Anenson’s research has earned numerous awards, including the two most prestigious international awards given by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB).  (Hoeber Awards, 2005, 2006, 2007) (Holmes-Cardozo Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009).  Several of her articles have been published in the leading business law journal, as well as in journals at top law schools.  Her research has been widely cited in academic articles, leading law textbooks, and court opinions.

Professor Anenson has been a Visiting Fellow in Commercial Equity Law at Wolfson College, and a Visitor to the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, England.  She was also a Visiting Scholar with the Ross Parsons Centre for Commercial, Corporate, and Taxation Law, in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, Australia.  Professor Anenson is a former editor of the American Business Law Journal and the International Business Law Review. She has served as the President of the International Section of the ALSB as well as its Pacific Southwest Region. The ALSB honored Professor Anenson with its Early Career Achievement Award in 2007.

Before embarking on an academic career, Professor Anenson worked in the private practice of law and business. She has expertise in international logistics, corporate law, and litigation. She has consulted with global corporations as well as domestic and foreign governments. She has also represented multi-national and other major companies in court and other dispute resolution tribunals. Professor Anenson joined the Smith School faculty in 2007.