Professor of Law
Professor Orcutt, who was selected as the law school’s “Teacher of the Year” for five straight years (2004-2008), teaches courses in Business Associations, Contracts, Sales (Article 2 and the CISG) and Securities Regulation. He has also recently taught Mergers & Acquisition and Start-up Company Finance. Professor Orcutt has also taught IP, Entrepreneurialism and Foreign Direct Investment in China in the law school’s Summer Intellectual Property Institute at Tsinghua University Law School. Professor Orcutt served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Research for three years from 2009-2012.
Professor Orcutt co-founded two institutes at UNH Law:
- The International Technology Transfer Institute, which is a specialized research and consulting center that seeks to help countries throughout the world improve the flow of publicly-funded innovations from universities and research institutes into the commercial sector.
- The Intellectual Property Valuation Institute, which seeks to improve the creation, management and use of intellectual property by improving the valuation skills of intellectual property professionals
Before coming to the law school, Professor Orcutt spent eight years as both a capital markets attorney and an investment banker. Professor Orcutt was a Principal at Robertson Stephens, a Silicon Valley investment bank, where he was the head of its West Coast Telecom Services investment banking practice. He also served as Chief Administrative Officer of Robertson Stephens’ M&A group and as its Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining Robertson Stephens, Professor Orcutt was a Corporate Finance Associate with Shearman & Sterling, serving in both its New York, NY and Paris, France offices, where he specialized in securities offerings by European companies conducting dual listings in the United States and Europe.
Professor Orcutt’s research interests focus on innovations systems and how to improve the environment for entrepreneurial companies and technology-based economic development.
Patent Valuation: Improving Decision Making through Analysis (co-authored with William Murphy and Paul Remus) (Wiley Finance, 2012)
Shaping China’s Innovation Future: University Technology Transfer in Transition (co-authored with Hong Shen) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010).
Law Review Articles
The Case Against Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies From Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404: Why Market-Based Solutions are Likely to Harm Ordinary Investors, 14 FORDHAM JOURNAL OF CORPORATE & FINANCIAL LAW 325 (2009).
Improving the Efficiency of the Angel Finance Market: A Proposal to Expand the Intermediary Role of Finders in the Private Capital Raising Setting, 37 ARIZONA STATE LAW JOURNAL 861 (2005).
Investor Skepticism v. Investor Confidence: Why the New Research Analyst Reforms Will Harm Investors, 81 DENVER UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 1 (2003).
Science and Technology Plan: Shaping New Hampshire’s Economic Future (co-authored study with Prof. Ross Gittell) (final report, Feb. 2012)
New Hampshire in the Innovation Economy: A Plan to Increase Innovation and Technology-Based Economic Development in New Hampshire (co-authored study with Prof. Ross Gittell) (preliminary report, April 2010)
Patent Portfolio Cluster Analysis (in-progress law review article)
Securities Regulation for Startups (in-progress text book)