Dana Brakman Reiser

Dana Brakman Reiser

Centennial Professor of Law
(718) 780-0396
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Harvard Law School
Areas of Expertise
Corporate Law
Non-Profit Organizations
Property Law
Social Enterprise


Dana Brakman Reiser holds a chair as Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where she also served as Vice Dean. She teaches courses in Corporations, Nonprofit Law, Social Enterprise, Property, and Trusts and Estates. A globally recognized expert in the law at the intersection of business and charity, her work on the law of social enterprises – firms that pursue profits for owners and social good – defined the field. She has also written extensively on law and finance for philanthropic organizations and on sustainable investing.

Professor Brakman Reiser’s books, FOR-PROFIT PHILANTHROPY: ELITE POWER AND THE THREAT OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES, DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS, AND STRATEGIC CORPORATE GIVING (2023) and SOCIAL ENTERPRISE LAW: TRUST, PUBLIC BENEFIT, AND CAPITAL MARKETS (2017) (both with Professor Steven A. Dean), are published by Oxford University Press. Her scholarship has also appeared in edited volumes and law journals including Boston College Law Review, Emory Law Journal, and Notre Dame Law Review. She is a member of the American Law Institute and was an Associate Reporter for its project on the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations, as well as a past-Chair of the Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law of the American Association of Law Schools and a former member of the executive board of its Section on Business Law. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.