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Coffinberger, Richard

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Associate Professor, Business Legal Studies
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 218
Office Hours:By appointment only
Research Interests:
  • Employment issues to include workplace discrimination including the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
  • Legal issues associated with new information technologies.
  • Legal and ethical issues associated with corporate governance.
  • JD, Wake Forest University
  • MS - Business, Virginia Tech
  • BS - Economics, University of Florida

Richard Coffinberger earned a Bachelor of Science in economics with honors from the University of Florida, a Master of Science in business from Virginia Tech, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

Coffinberger no longer engages in the practice of law but has been licensed to practice law in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia as well as before the United States Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. He taught for four years at the Pamplin School of Business of Virginia Tech before accepting a faculty position at George Mason University in 1978.

Coffinberger has taught courses on business law, real estate law, and the legal and ethical environment of business. He has taught in the Mason School of Business' undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. In 1988, he received a university award for Outstanding Academic Advising and in 2002 he was recognized as the "Teacher of the Year" by the Executive MBA class of 2002. Coffinberger also taught for twelve years in a national CPA Review course and developed course materials for that course.

Coffinberger has published articles in the Wake Forest Law Review, the Business Law Review, the Labor Law Journal, the Journal of Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector, the Commercial Law Review, the U.C.C. Law Journal, the Journal of Marketing and Public Policy, and the Journal of Legal Studies Education.

He has also served as a staff editor for the American Business Law Journal and for several years as editor for the Annual Proceedings of the Mid-Atlantic Region Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Coffinberger is currently a manuscript reviewer for the Mid-West Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies in Business, and the Annual Proceedings of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

Coffinberger has also been active in both internal and external service activities. He has served as a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, a consultant on business accreditation issues and pedagogical matters, and as an expert witness on business ethics. He is a past-president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business as well as the Mid-Atlantic Region Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

He presently serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Legal Studies Education, a member of the Executive Committee of the George Mason University Faculty Senate, and  a Senate liaison to the George Mason's Board of Visitors.