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Linnea Bernard McCord, JD, MBA

Associate Professor of Business Law


Phone:
(818) 501-1624

Email: linnea.mccord@pepperdine.edu

Linnea Bernard McCord Associate Professor of Business Law

Dr. Linnea B. McCord is an associate professor of business law at the Graziadio Business School of Pepperdine University. She practiced law for many years prior to entering the academic environment, including private practice and as the General Counsel of a division of a high-technology Global Fortune 500 multinational corporation, headquartered in New York and Paris. She is a recognized expert on ethics and business law topics and has been a frequent media commentator on these issues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Orange County Register, the Ventura County Star, the Los Angeles Business Journal, KNX, KFWB and KPCC radio stations, KABC TV and Bloomberg Television.

She is a professional public speaker and has delivered numerous seminars and speeches on ethics and business law topics to public and private companies, government entities, nonprofits, associations and academic institutions across the United States. She received a bachelor of arts degree from University of Sydney (including a year of law school at the University of Sydney Law School), a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center, and a Master's of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

University of Houston
Juris Doctor

University of Texas
Master of Business Administration

University of Sydney
Bachelor of the Arts

Education

MBA, University of Texas at Austin, 1986.

JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1976.

BA, University of Sydney, Australia, 1972.

Academic, Military and Professional Positions

Other

Associate Professor, The Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University. (August 1997 - Present).

Associate Professor, California State University - Northridge, School of Business and Management. (1990 - 1997).

General Counsel and Director of Development, Concord Development. (1987 - 1989).

General Counsel, Flopetrol-Johnston Schlumberger. (1980 - 1984).

Corporate Counsel, Schlumberger Well Services. (1978 - 1980).

Associate, Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Brown & LaBoon, predecessor firm to Locke Liddell. (1976 - 1978).

Summer Associate, Coudert Brothers. (1975).

Licensures and Certifications

License to practice law, California Bar Association. (1987 - Present).

License to practice law, Texas Bar Association. (1976 - Present).

Professional Memberships

Beta Gamma Sigma. (2007 - 2009).

Member, National Speakers Association. (2004 - 2009).

Corporate Governance Committee, American Bar Association. (2003 - 2009).

Member, Academy of Legal Studies in Business. (1995 - 2009).

Member, State Bar of California. (1987 - 2009).

Member, State Bar of Texas. (1976 - 2009).

Member, National Association of Corporate Directors. (2004 - 2006).

Member, Society of Business Ethics. (2003 - 2006).

President, Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business. (1995 - 1996).

Vice-President, American Corporate Counsel Association. (1981 - 1982).

Awards and Honors

Research Release Time 2012.

Academic Release Time. (2017).

Vice-Chair, Faculty Council. (2017).

Best Paper Award. (May 25, 2017).

Academic Release Time. (2016).

Research Release Time. (2011).

Research Release Time. (2010).

Vice-Chair, Faculty Council. (2010).

Faculty Council. (2009).

Dean's Award for Academic Excellence, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. (1986).

George Kozmetsky award for academic excellence, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. (1986).

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. (1986).

Houston Law Review, University of Houston Law Center. (1975).

Teaching Experience

Pepperdine University

BSM 470, 19 courses.
BSM 480, 5 courses.
BSM 482, 11 courses.
BSM 484, 14 courses.
BSM 593, 1 course.
BSM 599, 6 courses.
GSBM 480, 10 courses.
GSBM 482, 4 courses.
GSBM 499, 4 courses.
GSBM 699, 9 courses.
LEGL 470, 9 courses.
LEGL 482, 1 course.
LEGL 503, 4 courses.
LEGL 653, 14 courses.
LEGL 668, 2 courses.
LEGL 673, 2 courses.
MBA 661, 2 courses.
MBA 678, 8 courses.
MBA 689, 1 course.
MBA 696, 2 courses.
MBA 699, 3 courses.
MBAA 664, 1 course.
MBAA 674, 1 course.
MBAA 690, 42 courses.
MBAJ 593, 1 course.
MBAK 613, 4 courses.
MBAM 606, 1 course.
MBAM 616, 1 course.
MBAM 680, 1 course.
MBAM 697, 2 courses.
MBAM 698, 1 course.
MBFE 653, 8 courses.
MBFE 670, 4 courses.
MBFE 699, 2 courses.

Non-Credit Instruction

Management/Executive Development, Pepperdine, 10 participants. (2017).

Guest Lecture, ISM - SFV, 30 participants. (November 8, 2017).

Directed Student Learning

Directed Individual/Independent Study.
Advised: Pratik Patel, Stephen Kross, Mark Atia, Hanna Choi, Carlton Dole, Alberto Garcia, Odilon Hernandez, Scot Hutton, Joe Lizarraga, Gabriel Mayer, Haig Mihranian, Hugo Ayala, Anand Shah, Eduardo Toapanta

Directed Individual/Independent Study, Fully Employed. (January 2016 - Present).
Advised: Christian Pompa

Fully Employed. (December 2016 - April 2017).
Advised: Nathaniel Cobb

"Understanding the Uniqueness of American Rule of Law," Full-Time. (September 2014 - December 2014).
Advised: Andrew Barlett

Publications

McCord, L. B. (2015). The Wisdom of Ants (10 Commandments of Trust): Restoring the Secret Power of Trust That Made America Great - Before It's Too Late (pp. Approx. 440). Massachusetts: (will not divulge because of prior "difficulties" with administrators over publishing of work on ethics.

McCord, L. B. (in press). The Wisdom of Ants 2009-2012. Will not reveal until publication is completed because of prior "difficulties" with colleagues over my publishing this book:.

Rainey, M. B., McCord, L. B. (2007). Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (pp. p. 799). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McCord, L. B., Richardson, J. E. (2005). Are Workplace Bullies Sabotaging Your Ability to Compete?. Punjagutta, Hyderabad: ICFAI University Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

Young, T., McCord, L. B., Weisdorn, G. H. (2017). Think It's Unethical But Legal? Executive Pay in the Crosshairs. International Journal of the Academic Business World, 11(2), 63.

Forsyth, J., McCord, L. B., Young, T. W. (2015). Think "It's Unethical, But Legal"? Think Again? Academy of Business Journal.

Forsyth, J., McCord, L. B., Young, T. W. (2015). IS CYPRUS THE WARNING BELL THAT BANK DEPOSITS ARE NO LONGER SAFE? Graziadio Business Review.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (2014). The European Debt Crisis – It's Back!. Academy of Business Research Journal, IV(Fall 2014), pp. 103-113.

Young, T. W., McCord, L. B., Crawford, P. J. (2013). Danger Zones Dead Ahead for the U.S. and China: Prospects and Challenges. International Business & Economics Research Journal, 12(9), 8.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (in press). An update of The Dollar vs Euro. Graziadio Business Report.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (2012). The Rise and Fall of Dollar. Journal of Business and Economics, 3(2), 77-86.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (2010). Credit Default Swaps: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Journal of Business & Economic Research, 8(4).

Gertmenian, L. W., Young, T. W., McCord, L. B. (2010). The Impact of Islam on Middle Eastern Economics. The Journal of Global Business Issues, Vol. 4(Issue 2).

McCord, L. B., Magasin, M. R. (2010). The American Legal Dragon Awakens: Act Unethically, Expect Serious Pain. Journal of Business and Economics Research, 8(2), 115.

Young, T. W., McCord, L. B. (2009). China and US At the Crossroad: Rule of Law or Rule of Force. International Business and Econ Research Journal, 8(3/Spring 2009), 1-8.

Ferraro, S. R., McCord, L. B. (2002). Who is Driving American Firms? Directors Facing New Responsibilities. Graziadio Business Report (Summer 2002).

Mallinger, M. A., Motamedi, K. K., McCord, L. B., Sommer, S. M., Valadez, R. M. (2006). Graziadio Faculty Discuss Ethics: Are there Rules of Ethical Conduct? Graziadio Business Report, 9(2), www.pepperdine.edu/gbr.

McCord, L. B. (2006). "Pricey Maladies Afflict California Universities". Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Business Journal.

McCord, L. B. (2006). "Enron Trial Serves as Warning to the Wayward". Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Business Journal.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (2013). European Sovereign Debt, It's Back. Academy of Business Research.

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B. (2012). The Crisis Continues- European Sovereign Debt. Hawaii: Hawaii International Business Conference.

Magasin, M. R., McCord, L. B. (2010). Corporations Beware, You May Be More Responsible for Employees than You Think. Franklin Publishing.

McCord, L. B. (2008). Our Ethics Mess. Los Angeles, California: Graziadio Business Report Blob.

Young, T. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. (Presenter & Author), Academy of Business Research Conference, "The Ticking Global Debt," Biloxi, MI. (October 19, 2016).

Young, T. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J. (Presenter & Author), AABRI Conference, "ARE BAIL-INS THE FUTURE?," AABRI Conference, Savannah, GA. (March 27, 2015).

Young, T. W., McCord, L. B., Crawford, P. J., "THINK IT'S UNETHICAL BUT LEGAL, THINK AGAIN," Academy of Business Research, Las Vegas, NV. (October 16, 2014).

Young, T. W., Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B., Academy of Business Research, "Are Bail-Outs Out and Bail-Ins In?," New Orleans, LA. (March 27, 2014).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J., McCord, L. B., 4th Asia-Pacific Business Research Conference, "Why Cyprus is Different," World business Institute, Singapore. (September 30, 2013).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J. (Presenter & Author), ACADEMY OF BUSINESS RESEARCH, "European Sovereign Debt: It's Back!," Southern Journal of Business & Economics, San Antonio, TX. (September 18, 2013).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J. (Author Only), "Danger Zones Ahead US and China: Prospects and Challenges," Clute Institute, Maui, HI. (January 4, 2013).

McCord, L. B., National Contracts Management Association, "Essential Laws of Right and Wrong to Survive and Thrive in Turbulent Times," Los Angeles South Bay. (April 17, 2012).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), International Business Conference, "The Rise and Fall of the Dollar," Rapid City, So. Dakota. (September 30, 2011).

McCord, L. B., Magasin, M. R., 2009 IBER (Business) Conference, "The American Legal Dragon Awakens: Act Unethically, Expect Serious Pain," Clute Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada. (October 5, 2009).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Crawford, P. J. (Author Only), International Business & Economics Research Conference, "Credit Default Swaps - Good, Bad, and Ugly," Clute Institute, Las Vegas. (October 5, 2009).

Young, T. W. (Presenter & Author), McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Applied Business Research Conference, "Trust in China: Is a Fiduciary Culture Necessary for Its Success in the 21st Century," Clute Institute, Oahu, Hawaii. (January 5, 2009).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (November 19, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Young, T. W., Business Conference, "China and the U.S. at the Crossroads: Rule of Law or Rule of Force?," Clute Institute, Las Vegas, Nevada. (September 29, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (September 10, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (August 26, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (August 13, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Ethics in the 21st Century, "Ethics in the 21st Century," Act One - Christian Writers and Business People in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. (July 23, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (July 23, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (June 25, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (May 23, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Community College President's Luncheon. (May 9, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (May 2, 2008).

McCord, L. B., 27th Annual Expo L.A., "Business Ethics in the 21st Century," Southern California Association for Financial Professionals, Pasadena, California. (April 29, 2008).

McCord, L. B., Information Sessions for Potential Students. (January 26, 2008).

McCord, L. B., "Ethics in the 21st Century," University of La Verne, Burbank, CA. (2007).

McCord, L. B., Financial Executives International, "Business Ethics for the 21st Century," Encino, California. (2007).

McCord, L. B., NCMA Educational Meeting, "Ethics in the 21st Century," National Contract Management Association, Los Angeles. (December 4, 2007).

McCord, L. B., ISM Educational Meeting, "Ethics: A View from the Moon," Institute of Supply Management, Los Angeles. (November 1, 2007).

McCord, L. B., 2007 College Prep Seminar, "Why You Need to Know About the Future," College Prep Seminar, Duarte. (October 18, 2007).

McCord, L. B., GSBM - MBA First Day for Potential Students. (October 13, 2007).

McCord, L. B., Directorship Annual Forum Meeting. (June 2007).

McCord, L. B., MBA Information Session. (June 20, 2007).

McCord, L. B., Community College Transfer Counselors. (May 16, 2007).

McCord, L. B., 26th Annual Expo L.A., "Ethics for Financial Professionals in the 21st Century," Southern California Associate for Financial Professionals, Pasadena, CA/. (May 9, 2007).

McCord, L. B., ULV Leadership Class, "Why Ethics is Not Optional in the 21st Century," University of La Verne, Burbank. (April 9, 2007).

McCord, L. B., MBA Information Session. (March 7, 2007).

McCord, L. B., MBA Information Session. (January 9, 2007).

McCord, L. B., College Prep Seminar, ""What You Need to Know About the Future"," Duarte, California. (2006).

McCord, L. B., College Prep Seminar, "What You Need to Know About the Future," Diamond Bar, California. (2006).

McCord, L. B., College Prep Seminar, "What You Need to Know About the Future," Baldwin Hills. (2006).

McCord, L. B., International Association of Supply Management, ""Ethics: Optional or Not?"." (2006).

McCord, L. B., National Association of Purchasing Managers SFV, "Essential Ethics for Survival and Success in the 21st Century," Granada Hills. (2006).

McCord, L. B., National Contract Management Association, "The Mandatory Code of Conduct (Ethics) Through the Land of American Law," Los Angeles, California. (2006).

McCord, L. B., Ethics Conference, ""It's Just Good Business/It's Just Good Entertainment"," Act One Inc. at Director's Guild, Los Angeles, CA. (October 19, 2006).

McCord, L. B. (Presenter Only), "Ethics in the 21st Century," University of La Verne, Burbank, CA. (April 17, 2006).

McCord, L. B., HighSchool College Preparation Workshop, "21st Century Success," College Prep Seminar, Duarte, California. (April 12, 2006).

McCord, L. B., "Harassment and Retaliation in the Workplace," USC Marshall School of Business, Los Angeles, CA. (April 10, 2006).

McCord, L. B., HighSchool College Preparation Workshop, "What You Need to Know About the Future," College Prep Seminar, Diamond Bar, California. (January 21, 2006).

McCord, L. B. (Presenter & Author), Professional Development Workshop, "Ethics and Law in the U.S.," National Contract Management Association, Los Angeles, CA. (January 17, 2006).

McCord, L. B., Executive Education, "Law & Ethics for Executives," West Los Angeles, CA. (2005).

McCord, L. B., Executive Education, "Law and Ethics for Executives," West. (2005).

McCord, L. B., Executive Education, "Law and Ethics for Executives," West Los Angeles, CA. (2005).

McCord, L. B., Executive Education, "Law and Ethics for Executives," West Los Angeles, CA. (2005).

McCord, L. B., MBA Education, "Law and Ethics for MBA Students," West Los Angeles, CA. (2005).

McCord, L. B., Weisdorn, G., Pacific Southwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, "The New Federal Attorney Professional Conduct Rules: The SEC's Implementation of Section 307 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002," Palm Springs, California. (2005).

McCord, L. B., V.I.C.A. Annual Conference, ""Sarbanes-Oxley"," Los Angeles, CA. (2005).

McCord, L. B., Capaldi, N., Academy of Management, "The Limits and Alternatives to Democracy," Seattle, Washington. (2004).

McCord, L. B., GSBM, "Business Ethics," Jonathan Club. (2004).

McCord, L. B., MBA Education, "Law and Ethics for MBA students," West Los Angeles, CA. (2004).

McCord, L. B., University High School, ""Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy"," Irvine, CA. (2004).

McCord, L. B., Nickles, M., Valley Industry Commerce Association Annual Meeting, "Ethics:The Magic Potion for Your Business Success," Woodland Hills, California. (2004).

McCord, L. B., Monterey Chamber of Commerce, "Business Ethics for the 21st Century: The Secret of Success in a Global Economy," Monterey Park, California. (2003).

McCord, L. B., National Association of Female Executives, "Ethical Leadership," Sherman Oaks, California. (2003).

McCord, L. B., Kerns, C., San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce, "Business Ethics for the 21st Century," Pasadena, California. (2003).

McCord, L. B., Kerns, C., Top Executive Training, "Ethical Behavior From the Inside-Out," Los Angeles, California. (2003).

Kerns, C. D., McCord, L. B., World-Wide Web Cast, "Ethical and Legal Responsibilities in the 21th Century," Bettermanagement.com, Irvine, California. (December 20, 2002).

McCord, L. B., mcCord, L., Academy of Legal Studies in Business Nat'l Conf, "Abolishing Workplace Bullying: The New Civil Rights Law for the 21st Century." (October 2001).

Awards and Honors

Academic Release Time, GSBM. (2015).

Academic Release Time, GSBM. (2014).

Research Release Time 2013, GSBM. (2013).

Research Release Time. (2009).

Best Paper Award, The Clute Institute. (October 5, 2009).

Best Paper Award, The Clute Institute. (October 5, 2009).

Best Paper Award, The Clute Institute. (January 5, 2009).

Research Release Time, Faculty Council. (2008).

Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. (November 3, 2008).

Best Paper Award, The Clute Institute. (September 28, 2008).

Service

Editorial and Review Activities

Ethics Advisor for Board of Technology and Society 2012.

Editorial Board Member, "Annual Editions: Ethics," Advisory Board. (January 2013 - Present).

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "Honest But Broke: The Dilemma of Universities Acting as Honest Brokers Dec. 2011;," Technology in Society, 1 review. (December 2011).

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "Innovation Policy Vacuum: Navigating Unmarked Paths" Dec. 2011," Technology in Society, 1 review. (August 2011).

Invited Manuscript Reviewer, "Article on Sexual Harassment," Graziadio Business Report. (January 4, 2008).

Invited Manuscript Reviewer, "Graziadio Business Report," 1 review. (2007).

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "Two Articles for Graziadio Business Report," 2 reviews. (2006).

Pepperdine University

2015 Annual University Retreat. (2015).

2015 Founder's Day. (2015).

Founder's Day 2014. (September 2014).

Public/Community

Board of Advisors of a Company, Executive Director. (2008).

Student Org Advisor (Non-Professional Org), Agoura High School's "Operation Shadow". (February 2008).

School

GSBM Outside Recruiting Event March 17, 2012.

Multiple Information Sessions for Recruiting 2013.

Student Graduations. (2011 - Present).

Malibu Curriculum Committee - Substitute. (October 2010 - Present).

Faculty Council, Vice-Chair. (September 2010 - Present).

Faculty Council. (2016 - 2018).

Executive MBA Committee. (2017).

Executive Committee. (2015 - 2017).

BSM. (2012 - 2017).

BSM Committee 2012-2017. (2012 - 2017).

Attendee, Meeting, Annual Faculty Retreat. (2011 - 2017).

2015 Annual Faculty Retreat. (2015).

2015 BSM Committee. (2015).

2015 Graduation Ceremony. (2015).

Annual Faculty Retreat. (2014).

BSM Committee. (2014).

BSM Committee. (2014).

Committee Member, BSM Committee 2014. (January 2014 - December 2014).

BSM Committee. (2013).

MBA First Day Spring 2011. (2011).

Vice-Chairman. (August 2009 - August 2011).

Co-Chair, Faculty Council. (January 2011 - July 2011).

Committee Member. (August 2009 - August 2010).

Committee Member, Faculty Council, Member. (September 2007 - August 2009).

Committee Member, BSM Committee. (January 2008 - December 2008).

Attendee, Meeting, BSM Committee, Member. (September 2006 - December 2007).

Consulting

Academic, Corporate Governance: Go Sato, former Director of Japanese multinational, Los Angeles. (March 28, 2008 - May 10, 2008).

Academic, L.A. (2007).

 

Graziadio Business Review

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Will Your Company’s Electronic Records Storage Withstand Legal Scrutiny?

Businesspersons Beware: Lying is a Crime

The Uncertain World of Trademark Dilution

Blowing the Whistle

Conversation with Galpin Ford’s Bert Boeckmann

Who’s Driving American Firms?

Conversation with Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics’ Michael Josephson

Are Workplace Bullies Sabotaging Your Ability to Compete?

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