Roger Machlis

Roger Machlis
  • Lecturer

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    600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104


Roger Machlis is a Lecturer in the Legal Studies and Business Ethics Department and teaches Law and Social Values in the undergraduate program at the Wharton School. He previously taught Responsibility in Business in the MBA program at the Wharton School in Spring 2017, 2018, and 2019. He taught Professional Responsibility and Leadership in the undergraduate program at the NYU Stern School of Business in Fall 2022.

Mr. Machlis has practiced business law for over 35 years. He recently retired as a Managing Director and the General Counsel of Credit Suisse’s Global Asset Management business (CSAM). As General Counsel, Mr. Machlis was a member of the CSAM Management Committee and advised the CEO and management team on numerous strategic business matters; major transactions and new products; significant legal, regulatory, compliance, reputational and employment matters; changes in law and regulation; and public policy matters. He periodically represented Credit Suisse at meetings with foreign and US regulators.

Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Machlis was a senior internal counsel at Citibank and a law firm associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. He was an accountant at KPMG prior to law school.

Mr. Machlis received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S.E. from the Wharton School.

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  • LGST1010 - Law and Social Values

    This course presents law as an evolving social institution, with special emphasis on the legal regulation of business in the context of social values. It considers basic concepts of law and legal process, in the U.S. and other legal systems, and introduces the fundamentals of rigorous legal analysis. An in-depth examination of contract law is included.

  • LGST6120 - Responsibility in Bus.

    This course introduces students to important ethical and legal challenges they will face as leaders in business. The course materials will be useful to students preparing for managerial positions that are likely to place them in advisory and/or agency roles owing duties to employers, clients, suppliers, and customers. Although coverage will vary depending on instructor, the focus of the course will be on developing skills in ethical and legal analyses that can assist managers as they make both individual-level and firm-level decisions about the responsible courses of action when duties, loyalties, rules, norms, and interests are in conflict. For example, the rules of insider trading may form the basis for lessons in some sections. Group assignments, role-plays, and case studies may, at the instructor's discretion, be used to help illustrate the basic theoretical frameworks. Course materials will highlight industry codes and professional norms, as well as the importance of personal and/or religious values.

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