Duquesne University School of Law

Seth C. Oranburg, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Law

Office: Hanley Hall 322

Phone Number: 412.396.6307

E-Mail Address: oranburgs@duq.edu

Education: J.D., University of Chicago Law School
B.A., University of Florida

Professor Seth C. Oranburg studies the effect of law on innovation and the economy. His research includes Internet shareholder activism, crowdfunding, venture capital and angel investing, smart contracts, network effects, information brokerage, and other commercial activities that relate to securities regulation, corporate finance, business associations, contracts, and related legal issues. He publishes his research in esteemed journals such as the Rutgers University Law Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Fordham Journal of Corporate Law, and he has been interviewed by popular publications such as the The Wall Street Journal, AboveTheLaw.com, and CommPro.biz

Oranburg teaches Contracts and Corporations at Duquesne Law. Before joining the Duquesne faculty in 2016, he taught legal writing courses at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and taught Corporations, Closely Held Business Organizations, and Electronic Discovery of Digital Evidence at the Florida State University College of Law. Oranburg’s practice experience includes providing corporate counsel and managing venture capital transactions in Silicon Valley, Calif., and litigating antitrust matters in Washington, D.C. 

Oranburg graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and English. Oranburg is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.  

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  • Contracts
  • Corporations

Hyperfunding, 89 Colorado Law Review ___ (February 2018)

Research Projects

Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship, Co-Investigator (2017)


A Place of Their Own: Crowds in the New Market for Equity Crowdfunding100 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes 147 (2016).

Democratizing Startups, 68 Rutgers University Law Review (2016).

Startup Financing, in Startup Creation for the Smart Eco-Efficient Built Environment, ed. F. Pacheco Torgal, Elsevier Press (2016).

Bridgefunding: Crowdfunding and the Market for Entrepreneurial Finance, 25 Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy 297 (2015).

A Little Birdie Said: How Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, 20 Fordham Journal of Corporate & Financial Law 695 (2015).

Blog Posts

Oranburg on Crowdfunding, IIT Chicago-Kent Faculty Blog, October 6, 2015.

Crowdfunding Rebooted: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore, GoodCrowd, September 24, 2015.

The Law and Economics of the Series A Gap, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, April 6, 2015.

Crowdfunding under Title III Doesn't Work, but We Can Fix It, Law & Economics Professor Blog, February 22, 2015.

Twitter Is Disrupting Shareholder Activism, Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog, January 14, 2015.

State Bar of California

Bar of the District of Columbia

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Professor Seth Oranburg discusses hyperfunding in his latest article for the Oxford Business Read More »

Friday, March 24, 2017

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