Brian McCall

  • Orpha and Maurice Merrill Professor of Law


B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Yale University, 1991

M.A., Fulbright Scholar, Kings College University of London, 1992

J.D., Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1997





After completing his Undergraduate and Masters degrees, Professor McCall taught English in a private high school for two years before commencing his law degree. He received honors for obtaining the highest grades over the three year law degree and for his specific work in Corporations, Torts and Wills and Future Interests. During his third year of law school, Professor McCall taught foreign lawyers studying for their L.L.M. a course in legal writing and research. He also served as a teaching assistant for a course on Law and Philosophy taught in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

After obtaining his law degree, Professor McCall joined the international law firm of Dechert LLP where he focused on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. From 1999 to 2006 he practiced in the firm's London office to focus exclusively on cross-border transactions. In 2004 he was elected a partner of the firm. Some of the clients he advised included Citigroup, JP Morgan, The London Stock Exchange, Comcast Corporation, Tate & Lyle Plc and Rabobank. He worked on many ground breaking transactions including one of the first public to private transactions in Germany and the first US company conducting a Regulation S offering on the London Stock Exchange's AIM Market.

Professor McCall has been a speaker at several conferences on consumer finance, corporate governance, legal philosophy, international securities offerings and private equity law. He has authored several books and articles on corporate governance law, commercial law, and legal philosophy.

He joined the OU College of Law in 2006 and was awarded tenure in 2012. In 2013 he was selected to hold the Orpha and Maurice Merrill Endowed Professorship of Law. He was invited to be a Visiting Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, where he taught Business Associations and a seminar on Law, Business, Society, and Catholicism in 2014. 

Additional Information

Courses Taught


  • Contracts 5114
  • Corporate Finance 5720
  • Secured Transactions 5750
  • Transactional Law Practicum I: Business Combinations 5713
  • Transactional Law Practicum II: Law of Innovation 5743


  • Foundations of Contract Law for the Energy Industry

Professional Associations

Phi Beta Kappa

Order of the Coif

Institute for the American Constitutional Heritage 

Member of the Oklahoma Bar Association

Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing

Admitted to practice Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (inactive status)

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