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Dennis Honabach

Dennis Honabach
Professor of Law



Professor Honabach joined the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, as dean and a professor of law in 2006. Prior to coming to Chase, he served as the dean and professor at the Washburn University School and president, dean, professor of law and director of the Entrepreneurial Law Center at Western State University College of Law. He previously held faculty appointments at Vermont Law School, Rutgers University - Camden School of Law and the University of the District of Columbia School of Law. Professor Honabach received his JD from Yale University and his AB in economics from Bucknell University.

Professor Honabach is the chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on Professionalism, the co-chair of the Business Law Education Committee of the ABA's Business Law Section and a member of the Misconduct and Irregularities Subcommittee of the LSAC. He is also a member of the Kentucky Access to Justice Committee and the Kentucky Bar Association's Task Force on Building Blocks in Leadership Diversity as well a director of the Kentucky Bar Foundation and the NKU Foundation. Professor Honabach also served as a member of the Ohio Bar Association's Taskforce on Legal Education.

Professor Honabach is the co-author of D&O Liability Handbook (West Group 1994-2012 editions) and the Proxy Rules Handbook (West Group 2001-2012 editions). He has published law review articles on topics ranging from managerial liability and Enron to toxic torts and legal education.



  • AB Economics, Bucknell University
  • JD, Yale Law School

Courses Taught

  • Agency, Partnership & LLCs
  • Contracts I & II
  • Corporations
  • Torts I & II


Dennis R. Honabach, Proxy Handbook (Thomson Reuters, 2019-2020 edition)

Dennis R. Honabach, D&O Liability Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2019-2020 edition)

Dennis R. Honabach, The Proxy Rules Handbook (Thomas Reuters, 2018-2019 edition)

Dennis R. Honabach, PROXY RULES HANDBOOK, Thomson Reuters, 2016-17 edition

Dennis R. Honabach, D & O LIABILITY HANDBOOK: LAW-SAMPLE DOCUMENTS-FORMS, Thomson Reuters, 2016-2017 edition

With Mark A. Sargent, D & O LIABILITY HANDBOOK, West Group (2009) (1994-2012 editions)

With Mark A. Sargent, PROXY RULES HANDBOOK, West Publishers (2009) (2001-2012 editions)

Responding to 'Educating Lawyers': An Heretical Essay in Support of Abolishing Teaching Evaluations, 39 Tol. L. Rev. 311 (2008) Hein Online   SSRN   

The Smith v. Van Gorkom Symposium - Smith v. Van Gorkom: Managerial Liability and Exculpatory Clauses - A Proposal to Fill the Gap of the Missing Officer Protection, 45 Washburn L.J. 307 (2006) Hein Online  

Centennial Issue and Now What?: An Essay Contemplating A Course For The Second Century Of The Washburn University School Of Law, 42 Washburn L.J. 947 (2004) Hein Online

Ahrens Torts Seminar: Genomic Torts - Curbing Misuse of Genetic Information In Light of The Enron Debacle: A Comment On Dean Partlett's Proposal, 42 Washburn L.J. 535 (2004) Hein Online  

Leadership In Legal Education Symposium III - Precision Teaching In Law School: An Essay In Support Of Student-Centered Teaching And Assessment, 34 U. Tol. L. Rev. 95 (2002) Hein Online  

The Seventh Circuit And The Market For Corporate Control, 65 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 681 (1989) Hein Online  

Consent, Exit and the Contract Model of the Corporation - A Commentary on Maryland's New Director and Officer Liability Limiting Indemnification Legislation, 18 U. Tol. L. Rev. 310 (1989) Hein Online  

All That Glitters: A Critique Of The Revised Virginia Stock Corporation Act, 12 J. Corp. L. 433 (1987) Hein Online  

Taxing The Corporate Liquidation--A Proposal For Consistency, 8 J. Corp. L. 1 (1982) Hein Online  

Toxic Torts - Is Strict Liability Really the 'Fair and Just' Way to Compensate Victims?, 16 U. Rich. L. Rev. 305 (1982) Hein Online

Windfalls, Wipeouts, and Nuisance Law: Strict Liability With or Without Restricted Damages, 19 Urb. L. Ann. 3 (1980) Hein Online

Speaking Engagements and Recognitions

Panel chair and presenter, “Limited Liability Company Indemnification and Indemnification,” Limited Liability Company Institute of American Bar Association Business Law Section (November 2020)

“Innovation in Legal Education,” Southeast Association of Law Schools panel on law school responses to issues that followed enrollment declines that began after the Great Recession (August 2020)

Panelist, Preparing the Transactional Lawyer: From Doctrine to Practice, Emory Law Conference on Transactional Education, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA (November 2012)