John Akula

Senior Lecturer, Law

John Akula

John Akula is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Akula has primary responsibility for the business law curriculum.  His courses focus on the law-sensitive skills needed by managers in both young and established companies, as well as the legal framework of entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, and finance.  He also has taught in the Biomedical Enterprise Program of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Akula was a National Science Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, where his research focused on the evolution of effective legal commitments.  After earning a PhD and a law degree at Harvard, he clerked for a justice of the highest court in Massachusetts, and then spent 15 years practicing law.  Akula was a partner at Herrick & Smith until that firm dissolved in 1985, and he then joined Goodwin Procter, one of the nation’s leading law firms, as a partner in its business law department.

As a practicing lawyer, Akula worked with senior managers and boards in a broad range of industries, including banking and healthcare.  His typical role was as managing partner for clients for whom the firm was general counsel.  He also had a substantial trade association practice, and was heavily involved in the drafting of legislation and regulation.  In 1991, Akula left the practice of law to return to the academic world, where he divided his time between teaching at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT Sloan.  Now he works full-time at MIT Sloan, and is active in the school’s executive education and international programs.

Akula holds a BA from Columbia University, a PhD in sociology from Harvard University, and a JD from Harvard University.

General Expertise: Law


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