John Orcutt

John Orcutt

Phone: (603) 513-5185
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

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 J.D./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.

Courses Taught

  • LBS 907: Business Associations
  • LBS 932: Personal Income Taxation
  • LBS 939: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • LBS 943: Sec Reg:Pub&Priv Secur Markets
  • LGP 972: Valuation and the Law
  • LRS 905: Independent Study


  • J.D., University of California - Berkeley
  • B.A., Legal Studies, University of California - Berkeley

Selected Publications

  • Orcutt, J. (2021). Did the SEC Create Expanded "Blue Sky Notice Filings" When It Raised Regulation Crowdfunding's Offering Limit to $5million And Adjusted Its Investment Limits. Houston Law Review, 99, 99-123.

  • Murphy, W., & Orcutt, J. L. (n.d.). Using Valuation-Based Decision Making to Increase the Efficiency of China’s Patent Subsidy Strategies. Cardozo Law Review de novo, 2013, 116-146. Retrieved from