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Justin J. Hopkins

J. Harvie Wilkinson Jr. Associate Professor of Business Administration


FOB 192 D

Academic Area

Areas of Expertise

Corporate Financial Reporting, Earnings Management/Fraud, Securities Regulation and Litigation, Corporate Governance

Education: B.S., MPAcc Montana State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Justin Hopkins is the J. Harvie Wilkinson Jr. Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting area at the Darden School of Business. His research interests include the effects of regulation on financial reporting, governance and economic outcomes. He has taught various courses across Darden's programs and at the UVA Law School including electives on financial reporting and financial statement analysis. He has authored a number of cases helping students to gain a deeper understanding of the content of financial reports, the economic drivers of a firm's financial condition, and the governance characteristics of a company.

He has been invited to present his research at several institutions and universities including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Harvard Business School, The Wharton School, Tuck School of Business and McDonough School of Business. His research has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals including Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, and Review of Accounting Studies.

Prior to joining faculty at Darden, Hopkins obtained his Ph.D. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught an elective on the interaction of public policy and accounting. He has worked as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP as well as consulted to the Justice Department and Asian Development Bank. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from the Dominican Republic and has coached baseball and volunteered in Charlottesville scouting organizations.


Selected Publications


"Revealing Corporate Financial Misreporting" with Q. Curtis and D. Donelson. Contemporary Accounting Research. Forthcoming.

Hopkins, Justin, Edward Maydew, and Mohan Venkatachalam. 2014. "Corporate General Counsel and Financial Reporting Quality." Management Science, 61(1): 129-145.

Donelson, Dain, Justin Hopkins, and Christopher Yust. 2015. "The Role of D&O Insurance in Securities Fraud Class Action Settlements." Journal of Law and Economics, 58: 747-778

Donelson, Dain and Justin Hopkins. 2016. "Large Market Declines and Securities Litigation: Implications for Disclosing Adverse Earnings News." Management Science, 62(11): 3183-3198 .

Hopkins, Justin "Does the Threat of Securities Litigation Deter Earnings Management?"Contemporary Accounting Research. Forthcoming.

Donelson, Dain, Justin Hopkins, and Christopher Yust. "The Costs and Benefits of Mandatory D&O Insurance Policy Disclosure" Review of Accounting Studies. Forthcoming.

Working Papers:

"Career Concerns for Revealing Misreporting" with Q. Curtis. Revise and Resubmit at Review of Accounting Studies (2nd Round).

"The Rise of VIEs in China: Balancing State Control and Access to Foreign Capital" with M. Lang and D. Zhao. Revise and Resubmit at The Accounting Review(2nd Round).

Works in Process:

"Do Labor Markets Incentivize Misreporting?" Currently analyzing data.

"Broken Windows and Cooked Books: Do Minor Violations of SEC Regulations Predict Misreporting?" Currently analyzing data. 

"Securities Class Actions as Indicators of Misreporting" with Dain Donelson. Currently analyzing data.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Justin Hopkins' cases are available on the Darden Business Publishing website.