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Meet the SSLA Team

Professor M.Klausner

Michael Klausner

Nancy and Charles Munger Professor of Business and Law, Stanford Law School
Co-Founder, Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics

Michael Klausner teaches and writes in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, and financial regulation. His research has included theoretical and empirical analyses of corporate governance, takeover defenses, standardization of contracts and corporate governance documentation, and bank regulatory reform. His most recent work includes empirical studies of officer and director liability, the securities class action litigation process, and a proposal for a market-oriented Community Reinvestment Act.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1997, he was a professor of law at New York University School of Law, a White House Fellow and deputy associate director in the Office of Policy Development in the White House, and a corporate law practitioner with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. and Hong Kong. He clerked for Justice William Brennan of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Jason Hegland

Fellow, Stanford Law School
Co-Founder & Director Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics

Jason Hegland is responsible for the overall development of the Securities Litigation Analytics program, from the content of the database, to its technical specifications and accessibility to outside practitioners.  Together with Prof. Klausner, Jason has published several papers in practitioner journals highlighting the real-world applications of the SSLA database.   An entrepreneur in spirit, Jason first studied Operations Management, Information Systems at Santa Clara University before earning his B.A. in International Business from Bradley University.

Matthew Goforth

Research Fellow, Stanford Law School
Senior Analyst, Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics

Matthew Goforth oversees the entire data collection and validation process of the SSLA database, manages the group’s research assistants, and supports the development, analytic, and publication efforts of SSLA.  A member of the SSLA team for four years, Matthew has been integral in discovering new trends in securities litigation and developing accurate, proprietary data validation methodologies. Matthew graduated with honors from Stanford University, earning a B.S. in Biological Sciences.

Stanford Securities Litigation Analytics would also like to acknowledge the hard work of all the undergraduate and law student research assistants that have made this project possible over the past 6 years – more than 40 in total!