John Orcutt

Professor of Law
Educational Background
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley
  • JD, Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley
Courses Taught
  • Business Associations
  • Graduate Programs Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Valuation and the Law
General Areas of Interest, Scholarship, Research, & Practice

• Securities regulation and M&A • Intellectual property valuation • Innovation systems and startups


Professor Orcutt, who was selected as the law school’s “Teacher of the Year” six times (2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004), teaches courses in Business Associations, Entrepreneurial Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Regulation, and valuation. He has also taught courses in Contracts, Sales (Article 2 and the CISG), and Start-up Company Finance. Professor Orcutt helped create the law school’s dual JD/MBA program with UNH’s Paul College of Business and Economics. Professor Orcutt served as the law school’s Associate Dean for Faculty Research for three years from 2009-2012.

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 innovation systems and how to improve the environment for entrepreneurial companies and technology-based economic growth. Professor Orcutt does extensive work in the areas of patent valuation, technology commercialization, and startup companies. He is an advisory committee member for New Hampshire's Live Free and Start Initiative. Live Free and Start works to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovative businesses to start, grow and succeed.

Professor Orcutt travels the world to provide hands-on training and work on projects involving patent valuation, technology commercialization, and technology-based economic growth.



Securities Regulation for Startups, Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming in 2017.

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

Using Valuation-Based Decision Making to Increase the Efficiency of China’s Patent Subsidy Strategies, 2013 Cardozo Law Review de novo 116 (2013) (co-authored with William Murphy)

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).

Policy Reports

Plataformas Abiertas para Tecnologias Estrategicas: Relevamiento, analisis de pre-factibilidad y propuesta de diseno de modelo conceptual (2015) (contributing author on a report submitted to Argentine government on "open innovation" strategies and other techniques to increase innovation commercialization in Argentina).

Improving New Hampshire's Startup Environment (2014) (co-authored study with Ross Gittell).

Cento de Gestion de Innovaction y Conocimiento: Relevamiento, Analisis y propuesta de diseno institucional y operativo (2013) (contributing author on a report submitted to Argentine government regarding innovation center strategies).

Science and Technology Plan: Shaping New Hampshire’s Economic Future (co-authored study with Prof. Ross Gittell) (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)

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