Robert Mundheim

Professor, Corporate Law and Finance

Room Number: 268 (Spring Semester)

Robert H. Mundheim is an internationally renowned attorney whose 65-year career has spanned roles in the federal government, major law firms and publicly held corporations and academia.

Mundheim is of counsel for Shearman & Sterling, a global law firm based in New York City, and as professor of corporate law and finance in the James E. Rogers College of Law.

From 1992-1999, Mundheim was general counsel for the investment bank Salomon Inc. Before that, he spent nearly 30 years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was the University Professor of Law & Finance and, from 1982-89, Dean. He has also held visiting professor roles at various law schools including at Duke University, Harvard University, and UCLA.

Mundheim was General Counsel for the U.S. Treasury Department from 1977 to 1980 and played a substantial role in negotiating the release of the U.S. hostages in Iran. Mundheim has also been special counsel for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mundheim fled Nazi Germany with his parents and brother when he was 5 years old. He was lucky, his first cousins were not and were killed with his aunt in a concentration camp. His experience created a sense that he had much to be thankful for and that he had an obligation to give back. He has given substantial time to a variety of public service organizations and activities. One of his proud achievements as Dean was leading the way in making a period of public service mandatory as a condition for graduation from Penn Law.

Mundheim's awards and honors include the American Bar Association's Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award, the Lifetime Achiever Award from The American Lawyer Magazine, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Law Institute, the John Phillips Award from Phillips Exeter Academy, the Human Relations Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the Treasury Department's Alexander Hamilton Award, the department's highest honor, which recognizes "outstanding and unusual leadership in the work of the Department of the Treasury." In 2007, Mundheim received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, recognizing the recipients' service to the nation.

Mundheim holds a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Harvard University, a Master of Arts (Honorary) from the University of Pennsylvania, and an LLB magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from The New School in New York City.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A. University of Pennsylvania
    Graduated with Honors.
  • LL.B. Harvard Law School
    Graduated magna cum laude.
  • B.A. Harvard College
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Of Counsel
    Shearman & Sterling, New York, NY
    1999 - present
  • Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel
    Salomon Smith Barney Holdings Inc.
    1997 - 1998
  • Executive Vice President and General Counsel
    Salomon, Inc.
    1992 - 1997
  • Managing Director and Member of the Management Board
    Salomon Brothers Inc.
    1992 - 1997
  • Co-Chairman
    Fried Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, New York NY
    1990 - 1992
  • University Professor of Law and Finance
    University of Pennsylvania
    1980 - 1992
  • Dean
    University of Pennsylvania
    1982 - 1989
  • General Counsel
    U.S. Treasury Department
    1977 - 1980
  • Fred Carr Professor of Law and Financial Institutions
    University of Pennsylvania
    1970 - 1980
  • Visiting Professor
    Harvard Law School
    1968 - 1969
  • Professor of Law
    University of Pennsylvania
    1965 - 1970
  • Visiting Professor
    Duke Law School
  • Special Counsel
    Securities & Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
    1962 - 1963
  • Attorney
    Shearman & Sterling, New York, NY
    1958 - 1961