Donald "Don" Mayer, JD
Daniels 683
Professor of the Practice
Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies
Donald Mayer

Biography at a Glance

Don Mayer is Professor of the Practice of Business Ethics & Legal Studies at Daniels College of Business, where he has taught Ethics for the 21st Century Professional, Law and Public Policy, Creating Sustainable Enterprises, and Foundations of Business Law.  He is a co-author of several textbooks on law and international business, and has published numerous academic articles on business ethics, business and society, international law, and environmental law. He came to Daniels from Oakland University in 2007,where he was Professor of Management and Associate Dean in the School of Business Administration. He has taught law and ethics at several business schools—University of Michigan, Oakland University, and St. Mary’s College (California) since leaving law practice in 1985. He graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Kenyon College, earned a Juris Doctor at Duke Law School in 1985, and a specialized degree in international and comparative law from Georgetown University Law School in 1985.


  • JD, Duke University Law School
  • LLM, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • AB, Kenyon College

Academic Positions Held

  • Chair, Department of Business Ethics and Legal Studies
  • Professor-in-Residence, Daniels College of Business
  • Visiting Professor, Law and Ethics, Manchester Business School Worldwide (England and Singapore)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Iowa
  • Instructor of International Law, Millersville University (Pennsylvania), Foro Europeo, Huarte, Spain
  • Professor of Management at Oakland University
  • Visiting Professor of Law, History and Communication at the University of Michigan
  • Visiting Instructor, California Polytechnic State University