Hillary A. Sale

Georgetown Law


Hillary Sale is a professor at Georgetown Law, and an affiliated faculty member at the McDonough School of Business. In the spring of 2017, she was the Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She frequently speaks to industry groups and academic audiences about leadership and corporate governance and was selected by the St. Louis Business Journal as a “2014 Most Influential Business Women.” In addition to running leadership and other programs in industry, Sale has taught in multiple executive education programs.

Sale is a member of the FINRA Board of Governors, where she serves on the Nominating and Governance, Compensation, and Regulatory Operations Committees. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of Foundation Press, and the Advisory Board of DirectWomen, a nonprofit with the mission of increasing the presence of women on public company boards. She is chair of the DirectWomen Board Institute and also works in industry training executives on leadership, governance, and risk management.

Sale is a leading scholar of corporate governance and the role of corporate and securities law in shaping board decision-making and strategies. She is co-author of Securities Regulation and is a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the ABA. Sale is also a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel.

Before entering academia, she was a law clerk to The Honorable Richard S. Arnold, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, practiced with the law firm of WilmerHale LLP, and was chief of staff and director of operations for Evelyn F. Murphy, the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993 and holds a master’s degree from Boston University, where she also completed her B.A., summa cum laude, in 1983.