Founding Director, Business Law Institute
Postgraduate Diploma in Comparative Law, Cambridge University
MBA, University of Texas
JD, University of Virginia
Ann Graham was the founding director of the Business Law Institute. She came to Hamline Law from Texas Tech University School of Law where she held the Frank McDonald Research Professorship and served as director of the Business Law Certificate program.
Graham is a nationally recognized banking law expert. She is the author of MATTHEW BENDER’S BANKING LAW treatise, which has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. Her highly respected Banking Law Prof blog provides current analysis and commentary on the volatile U.S. financial system. Graham frequently speaks at national banking law conferences and her comments on hot topics in banking law are often quoted by national news services, including Reuters, Bloomberg, USA Today and others.
Graham’s professional experience covers both state and local government as well as major private law firms. She holds a JD from the University of Virginia, an MBA from the University of Texas and a Diploma in Comparative Legal Studies from Cambridge University. Her teaching experience includes University of Texas School of Law, St. Edward’s University’s MBA program, Texas Tech University School of Law, the MBA program administered jointly by Sul Ross State University and La Universidad Autonomo de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico, and International Black Sea University, Tbilisi, Georgia.
After five years of litigation practice with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in Washington, D.C., Graham was named FDIC’s Regional Counsel for the Dallas Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and New Mexico) from 1981 to 1983. She returned to Washington, D.C., in private law firm practice. In 1988, Graham was appointed General Counsel to the Texas Department of Banking where she served for five years. She has also served as Senior Vice President & Chief Regulatory Counsel to the Texas Bankers Association and as General Counsel to the Texas Credit Union League. Legislative drafting and state and federal lobbying for financial institution issues have been a significant part of her legal practice. As a trained mediator, Graham served as President of the Board of Directors for the Travis County Dispute Resolution Center. Graham is an elected member of the American Law Institute and holds a Martindale Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent, its highest ranking. She is admitted to practice law in Texas, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Professor Graham is also very active in her community, having served as president of two Rotary Clubs: the Rotary Club of Lubbock (2010-2011) and the South Austin Rotary Club (2003-2004). She participated in a rotary polio inoculation trip to India in November 2010. Graham has served as president of the Board of Friends of Big Bend National Park, and president of the Board of the Austin Dispute Resolution Center. She also has a passion for programs devoted to solving the problems of homelessness and hunger.